SOLUKHUMBU: In a strange coincidence of fate, Pemba Sherpa of Tinla VDC-2 in Solukhumbu district died the same day his wife gave birth to a son on Wednesday.
Sherpa who had gone upstairs in his matan, a miniature house, to take a mat after his wife had labour pains, died of lightning. Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramesh Kumar Khadka said that Mrs Sherpa gave birth to a baby son right at that time.
Relatives said that Sherpa who was missing for some time, while others were busy taking care of the new-born and lactating mother, was found dead in front of the house after the lightning struck him.
Similarly, Tilamaya Nepali of Salyan VDC-3 of the district also died due to lightning. Nepali, 40, died while five others were injured, police said.