Girl, 12, killed by lightning strike in Gua Musang

KUALA LUMPUR: A 12-year-old girl has died after an apparent lightning strike at her home in Gua Musang, Kelantan.

It is believed that she was talking on her mobile phone in Kampung Baru Sungai Raya Luar on Monday (Aug 15) during the 4.50pm incident.

Nur Asyqin Qistina M. Nor Zawawi, a Year Six student at SK Kuala Betis, was found lying on a mattress in her bedroom with burns on her arm.

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According to a local news portal the victim's father, M. Nor Zawawi Awang, said he heard a loud thunderclap at the time and it was raining.

"After I finished my prayers at the surau in front of my house, there was a blackout at home.

"I went back to the surau but my wife called me and asked me to come home. She said our daughter was unconscious.

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"I saw that she had passed out and had a slight burn mark on her arm.

"I immediately took her to a clinic in Kuala Betis and they pronounced her dead," he said.

According to M. Nor Zawawi, an autopsy was conducted on his daughter before she was buried at the Kuala Betis cemetery.

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