Two people of Mushona township in Zambezi district have died after being struck by lightning during a downpour.

Acting Zambezi district commissioner Sombo Chiteta said in an interview that the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon and he named the victims as Fulayi Lunkunu, 34, and Peter Luvuwa, aged nine.

"The information we got is that the two went to a nearby house to seek shelter when the rains started and that is where they died after being struck by lightning," she said.

Ms Chiteta said the house caught fire after it was struck by lightning.

The bodies are in the Zambezi District Hospital mortuary.