As many as 15 buffaloes have been struck dead by lightning strikes at Phong Dien district in the central Thua Thien Hue province, says a report.
Nine buffaloes struck dead by a lightning strike at a hamlet in the central province of Thua Thien Hue on May 28, 2012., Photo: CAND
Local authorities said at 4:30pm on May 28 when 9 buffaloes were grazing on a sunny day, lightning and thunder suddenly appeared in the sky and hit them to death.
The deceased includes six cow buffaloes and 3 calves which are totally worth VND150 million ($7,200). But, there were no reports of human casualties.
Another lightning strike at 1:45pm on May 29 killed 6 buffaloes belonging to 4 families also in Phong Dien.
Of the 15 dead animals, eight were pregnant.
“There was no similar case of such a dead in our locality. It’s a biggest loss ever. We have instructed the bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development to find ways to help the farmers,” VnExpress quoted Nguyen Dai Vui, chairman of Phong Dien People’s Committee.
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