Lightning kills 7 in southwest China village

Updated: 2007-05-23 22:56

CHONGQING -- A lightning strike killed seven students and injured 30 others in a village school on Wednesday afternoon in southwest China, said local authorities.

The lightning struck the school while children were attending class at around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, in a primary school in Xingye Village, Kaixian County of Chongqing Municipality, said officials.

The students were in two separate classrooms. Five of them were seriously hurt, the sources said.

The injured are being treated in hospital.

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