At least 26 people are reported dead after they were electrocuted by a falling power cable at a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo, police there has said.
The high-voltage cable snapped and fell onto houses as people reportedly shopped near the capital Kinshasa yesterday.
Unverified footage posted to social media appeared to show the aftermath of the incident, with several motionless bodies in puddles of water.
It is not yet clear what caused the power cable to break but in a statement, DR Congo’s national electricity company said it believed lightning had struck part of the cable, causing it to fall to the ground.
Prime Minister Sama Lukonde visited the market later and described the incident as a “terrible, before sharing the immense pain of the families. END