The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) has told the public not to attribute thunderstorms in the recent rains to spiritualties.
The GMA urged the public to rather take precautionary measures when raining.
The GMA explained that injuries’ that occur during thunderstorm are due to meteorological conditions but in our part of the world, such occurrences are attributed to spiritualties.
The Chief Forecaster at GMA, Felicity Ahafianyo, made the appeal while reacting to the thunder which struck and killed a 17-year-old male student of the Sokode Senior High School at Ho in the Volta Region.
The incident which happened during heavy rains in the late hours of Monday, May 30, 2022, killed the victim named Emmanuel Dorli who was said to be in the company of two of his female colleague students.
The two students who were also affected are currently in the Ho Teaching Hospital receiving treatments.
Reports say the late Emmanuel hawks coconut by the roadside after school.
Madam Ahafianyo told 3FM’s Sunrise hosted by Alfred Ocansey on Tuesday that “in our part of the world it is attributed to spirituality but in the US, it [thunder] kills about 50 people in a year so it is very possible in Ghana”.
She added “There could be thunder which could kill in the coming rains in Ghana. Yes. It can happen. You don’t have to be on phone while it is on charge and it is raining, do not be closer to mirror while it is raining, do not be under a tree while it is raining and even if you are in doors, you don’t have to be closer to a window.”