Loss of consciousness, amnesia, paralysis and severe burns are among the injuries reported by those lucky enough to survive, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said at the opening of the conference.
The LIGHTS on Lightning Conference is hosted by the South African Weather Service in association with the Lightning Interest Group for Health Technology and Science.
The conference serves as a platform for lightning researchers to share their relevant research within the broader African lightning community.
Molewa said scientists were trying to break new ground in the centuries-old study of this complex, all-powerful, and at times mysterious scientific phenomenon. Enditem