Nearly 6,000 chickens raised by a family in Hai Duong Province, northern Vietnam were killed when the farm was struck by lightning on Thursday.
The lightning hit the farm of Bui Thi Thuy in Thuong Quan Commune, Kinh Mon District during a rainstorm at around 2:50 am on Thursday, a commune official confirmed later the same day.
Nearly 6,000 chickens at the farm were killed by the lightning strike.
The official noted that the poultry were about to be sold and each of them weighed 2.5-3kg.
The damage was estimated at more than VND1.4 billion (US$59,800).
The lightning also caused damage to the farm’s entire electric fan system and some of its equipment.
|Nearly 6,000 chickens were killed after lightning struck a farm in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hoc / Tuoi Tre
As of Thursday afternoon, more than two metric tons of dead chickens had been sold to a local aquaculture farm before being turned into food for fish.
The People’s Committee in Thuong Quan Commune has reported the incident to high-level authorities and proposed a plan to provide support for the farm owner.
Thuy and her family began operating their chicken farm in 2019.
On May 12, lightning struck a farm and killed nearly 230 fully-grown pigs in northern Thai Binh Province.
The swine weighed 80-150 kilograms each and were about to be sold.
The total damage was estimated at billions of dong. (VND1 billion = $43,300)