Lightning injures 10 sugarcane workers

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Ten farm laborers loading sugarcane on a truck at Purok Concordia, Brgy Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental, were injured when they were hit by lightning at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Two of the 10 appeared to be in critical condition, PSSgt Armando Arao Jr. said.

Micheal Cahilo, the driver of the truck, and his helper Bryan Della Cruz, said 16 farm workers were harvesting and loading sugarcane on the truck parked on the side of the road starting 1 p.m. but the weather turned bad and heavy rain fell at about 3 p.m., Arao added.

When lightning struck the 10 of the 16 farm laborers who took shelter under the truck were hit, the driver said.

Cahilo said he did not know that they were hit by the lighting until he looked out of the window of his truck and saw the moaning laborers scattered on the ground.

The victims were rushed to the Bago City Hospital.

Injured were Romy Alegre Dequiña, 42; Regie Rubin Subong, 21; Carlo Marcos Pelarta, 30; Angelito Alpas Tamayo Jr., 38; Rodrigo Baldevieso Vallota, 36; Leonard Dote Luardo, 20; Danny Boy Semillano Alvarez, 29; Herson Rubin Subong, 32; Melody Dequiña Jocson, 33; and JR Alegre Blanca, 31 who are all residents of Purok Concordia, Arao said.*

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