An old Matsu temple in Lunbei township, Yunlin county, Taiwan. Photo: http://crgis.rchss.sinica.edu.tw/

A Vietnamese immigrant farmworker in western Taiwan died last week after being struck by lightning. At 5am on March 20, the woman, who was married to a Taiwanese man, was harvesting cauliflower in a field in Lunbei township, Yunlin county, with another Vietnamese woman, China Times reported on Monday.

At 7am, the weather turned bad, but the two women continued their work in an open area. When they heard thunder, they dropped their sickles to avoid attracting lightning. They did so again when they heard thunder a second time.

But when they picked up the sickles, they were both struck by lightning and knocked unconscious.

One of the women regained consciousness and managed to drive off on a motorbike to seek help, crashing twice because of the effects of the lightning strike. Finally she spotted the other woman’s husband and told him his wife had been injured.

The victim was sent to hospital but was certified dead. She left behind her husband and their two daughters. Her parents are now applying to visit Taiwan.

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