Burning 12 acres

Lightning causes six fires in Garmiyan

GARMIYAN — Six fire incidents caused by lightning strikes occurred in Sulaymaniyah’s Garmiyan area on Monday, burning approximately 12 acres of farmland and grazing land within just seven hours.

The fires broke out between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in various locations, including the villages of Topkhana, Khurkhurai Saru, Qaslan, and three separate incidents in Darimam village.

Aziz Mohammed, head of the civil defense unit in Garmiyan’s Maydan sub-district, told 964media, “Since this morning, six fires have broken out in our area, and our teams have managed to control them.” He confirmed that lightning was the cause of all the fires.

While speaking with 964media, Mohammed mentioned that another fire had just broken out in the village of Kwerak, and teams were on their way to control it.

In another lightning-related incident, a large fire broke out in Sulaymaniyah’s Agjalar sub-district today, burning 25 acres of land and around 50 trees.

Additionally, a 14-year-old shepherd from Qori Chai village near Garmiyan’s Kifri city lost his life on Monday morning after being struck by lightning while tending to his flock.

On Sunday, a forest fire caused by lightning burned 124 acres of forest and grazing land in Sulaymaniyah’s Penjwen district. The fire was controlled by forest police teams and local residents.

This year, lightning has caused significant casualties and damage, with regular reports of incidents. In the first seven days of May alone, lightning strikes killed five people and injured three others in the country.

Lightning strikes claim more lives in Iraq

Lightning strikes claim more lives in Iraq

Peshmerga soldier killed by lightning strike in Makhmur district

Peshmerga soldier killed by lightning strike in Makhmur district