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Lightning kills eight in state of Guanajuato

Family was working in a corn field when an electrical storm hit

Eight people died this week in Guanajuato after being struck by lightning.

An electrical storm yesterday in the sierra community of Mesa Cuata in the municipality of Guanajuato took the lives of seven people.

The three women and four children were working in a corn field about 3:30pm when they were surprised by heavy rain and an electrical storm. Two more people were hurt, including an eight-year-old boy who is reported suffering from tachycardia.

All seven were members of the same family.

On Thursday afternoon, a 51-year-old farmer died while looking after his livestock in the community of Santa Barbara in the municipality of Ocampo.

Rescue efforts in the first case were complicated by roads which have been washed out by heavy rains.

On average, lightning kills 223 people a year in Mexico, according to the World Health Organization, the highest of any country in the world.

To avoid death or injury in electrical storms, experts warn against seeking shelter under a tree, a tent or other open structures because they attract lightning. Tall, pointed objects are also risky as is water.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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