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2 KOICA volunteers killed by lightning in Sri Lanka

Two members of the Korea International Cooperation Agency were killed and three others were injured after being struck by lightning in Sri Lanka on Saturday, local time.

The state-run volunteer group said its five members were hit by lightning at around 5:30 p.m. in Haputale, a mountainous area in the central region of the nation.

A man surnamed Kim, 22, and a woman surnamed Jang, 24, were killed.

Three female workers were taken to a nearby hospital.

The female members had joined the volunteer group in the region in August.

They are said to have been on the way to a KOICA member’s home before the fatal accident.

The agency dispatched the director of the local office to the area and set up an emergency center to deal with the tragedy.

The bereaved families and KOICA officials headed to Haputale on Sunday.

Lightning claimed thirty lives in Sri Lanka last year, according to Sri Lanka’s disaster management authority.

The KOICA was established in 1991 to provide aid to developing countries and currently has 1,372 members working in 29 nations including 74 members in Sri Lanka.

By Kim Young-won (