12-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Struck By Lightning While Using Her Handphone At Home

The student was found on her bed with burn marks on her arm.

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A 12-year-old is believed to have died after being struck by lightning while using her handphone at home in Gua Musang, Kelantan

According to Berita Harian, Standard Six student Nur Asyqin Qistina M Nor Zawawi was found unconscious by her 54-year-old father, M Nor Zawawi Awang, at 4.50pm on Monday, 15 August, in her bedroom at home in Kampung Sungai Raya, Kuala Betis.

According to the father, the student was found unconscious on her bed with burn marks on her arm.

M Nor Zawawi showing a photo of his daughter, Nur Asyqin Qistina, at the Gua Musang Hospital on Monday, 15 August.

Image via Paya Linda Yahya/Berita Harian

M Nor Zawawi said that he had heard loud claps of thunder along with heavy rain while he was praying at a surau nearby

"My wife then came over to tell me that the electricity supply in our house was disrupted," he told Berita Harian.

He went home to check on the extent of the damage before returning to the surau. However, his wife came to look for him again 15 minutes later to tell him that their daughter was unconscious.

"I saw that there were burn marks on her right hand and on the mattress, while her handphone was next to her," he said.

According to Bernama, Gua Musang district police chief Supt Sik Choon Foo said the girl's phone was in her right hand, while her phone charger was next to her.

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The father immediately rushed Nur Asyqin to a nearby clinic, but unfortunately, she was pronounced dead

"Investigations showed that there was no criminal element involved in the girl's death and the incident is believed to have occurred after the solar inverter at the complainant's house was struck by lightning," said Sik.

The police chief added that the victim's body has been taken to the Gua Musang Hospital for an autopsy.

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