On Saturday night, a musician died and four other on-air performers were injured after thunderstorms struck a local radio station in Dokolo District, Northern Uganda.
Morris Olum, 23, was killed when a thunderstorm broke the broadcast antennas and parts of the mast, causing them to crash into one of the studios of Lango Broadcasting Services (LBS) radio.
According to LBS, the five victims were on-air around 7:30 p.m. at the time of the incident, publicising an upcoming musical show.
According to LBS station manager Fred Eladu, they were all rushed to the nearby Dokolo Health Centre IV government hospital for treatment, where Olum was pronounced dead.
“Four of them sustained minor injuries and have since been released from the hospital and returned home.”” However, we were saddened to learn that one person died as a result of his injuries while receiving treatment,” he said in a brief statement.
LBS has promised to “contact and work with the deceased’s family throughout this difficult time, and will share more details later.”
“The management and staff of LBS heartily condole with the deceased’s family and friends,” the radio station said on Saturday night.