Lightning strike kills farmer, injures 3 in Negros Occidental town

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – A farmer was killed while his 3 companions sustained injuries after lightning struck a rice field in Barangay Odiong in Moises Padilla town here on Wednesday, September 11.

Zaldy Marfil, a 42-year-ol farmer, was killed while Rodfil Espartero and younger brother Rodrigo Espartero, and Juanito Magsipoc – all in their early 30s – were hurt. 

Reynaldo Horegue, head of the town's Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said the 4 victims were harvesting palay when they decided to seek refuge following a heavy downpour. While walking, Marfil was struck by lightning that caused his death.

His 3 companions sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the rural health unit, Horegue said.

Last year, 6 people, including two young siblings, were killed and 17 others were hurt when lightning struck a truck they had taken shelter in during a downpour in Barangay Manlocajoc in Sipalay City, also in Negros Occidental. – Rappler.com