Written by Tharushan Fernando
12 May, 2016 | 10:21 pm
The risk of lightning-related accidents has risen significantly due to the prevalent rainy weather conditions. A student died on Tuesday evening in the Kopitwatta area in Kadawatha, after being struck by lightning.
Thilinda Chamika Bandara who usually spent his days happily with his friends, arrived at his residence on Thursday morning amidst tears of family and friends.
The phone which was in Thilinda’s hand was not damaged in the incident. None of the household equipment was damaged, except the mobile phone charger.
There were no serious injuries on the student’s body.The post-mortem notes that electric shock may have resulted in the death.
Relatives state that sixteen-year-old Chaminda had passed his Ordinary Level examinations last year and was getting ready to study for the Advanced Level Examinations. Thilinda was well known in school as a good cricketer. Being the only boy in the family, Thilinda was the only hope of his parents and his sister.
Warnings were given continuously by the Met Departement over heavy rains with lightning. They went on to state that measures should be taken to be safe from the lightning caused during the inter monsoon rains and warned that people should exercise caution when using mobile phones.
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