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Football player dies in lightning strike

ONE man died and another three collapsed when they were struck by lightning on Saturday evening while playing football in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, a farmer in the Pudong New Area was slightly injured early yesterday when his house was hit and damaged by lightning.

More than 20 people were playing football at Shanghai Gaohang High School in the Pudong New Area at around 5pm on Saturday when a storm hit.

Four people collapsed but three of them regained consciousness within two minutes.

A 24-year-old man was rushed to a nearby hospital but he died on the way, officials said.

His girlfriend had been watching the game.

Many schools open their playgrounds and gymnasiums to the public during weekends and holidays. Security guards at the school said the building and playground had lightning protection equipment.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Shanghai enjoyed its coolest night and morning of the month so far yesterday, thanks to rain, wind and thunderstorms which are expected to continue this week, forecasters said.

Temperatures for the first three days are expected to be comfortable, reaching 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Thunderstorms are expected today and there will be more rain tomorrow, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Air quality yesterday was classified as good, with PM2.5 readings at 40 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter, compared to the national standard of 75.


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