Two men aged between 25 and 29 have died after being struck by lightning in Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

Ward Councillor Lucky Mbokwana says the men were returning home from playing soccer when they were struck.

Mbokwana is appealing to people to help the two families.

“On Monday around 18h00, lightning struck two men. While they were on their way back to their homes, the lightning struck them so they passed away. So we are appealing to the residents to assist us with anything that they can assist with because those two families, Gumede, the other one is Gina, so those two families are not benefitting from anywhere.”

Two killed, ten injured following a lightning strike

In November, two youths were killed and ten other people injured after they were struck by lightning on a soccer field in Sheepmoor, Mpumalanga.

According to ER24 emergency services, they arrived on the scene to find two men lying beneath a tree while ten others were scattered around the soccer field.

Medics assessed the patients and found that the two young men beneath the tree, both believed to be 18-years-old, showed no signs of life.

Ten other men and women were assessed and found to have sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The patients were treated and transported to Ermelo Provincial Hospital for urgent treatment.