Some 20 people have been killed by a lightning strike on high-voltage power lines in Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, the authorities say.
The incident happened on the first day of a lockdown intended to help curtail the spread of coronavirus.
So far, 22 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country, including two deaths.
The mayor of Kintele district, Stella Mensah Saddou Nguesso, said “people were electrocuted by the falling cables.”
Eyewitnesses said one line fell on a house, set it on fire and killed those inside.
The other cable struck a pool of water in a courtyard and electrocuted the neighbours.
Some of the dead and injured were rushed to a hospital by people in private vehicles as ambulances could not cope with the number of casualties.