Six people were struck by lightning in a thunderstorm in South Darfur on Tuesday. Five died, while a fifth is in hospital with serious burns.

"Three of the victims were walking along the road between Bulbul Timbisko and Nyala [capital of South Darfur]", a listener told Radio Dabanga.

He said that three others, all members of the same family, were struck as they sheltered against the heavy rain under a tree in the area of Um Dafug.

"Two of them died instantly and the third sustained heavy burns. He was taken to the Um Dafug Hospital."