Lightning Incident: Shah Alam Football Field

The nation was shocked on Sunday (10 Mar 2019) afternoon when footballers and spectators in a football field in Setia Alam, Shah Alam were struck by lightning. Unfortunately, one young player died on the spot and four others were injured. We would like to offer our condolences to the families and friends affected by the tragedy.

High Precision Lightning Detection and Warning Alert System from TOA and MetraWeather detected very high lightning activity on 10 March 2019 in Setia Alam, Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Another view:

The storm develops further north and migrates south slowly while intensifying at Shah Alam.
04:06 PM – The first strike within 20km radius was detected.
Visual Warning Alarm at the field if available could already be triggered and warn people at the football field. Storm continues to southward.
04:22 PM – The first strike within 10km radius is detected.
04:40 PM – Strikes continues to be nearing about 1-2km away.
05:12 PM – Lightning struck near the football field.

Tragedies related to lightning for outdoor sports occurs frequently. Recently (13 Oct 2018) during a futsal match in conjunction with ‘Liga Sukan Untuk Semua’ (LiSUS) in Bukit Jalil three people were struck by lightning.

Safety Points

At the first sign of any thunderstorms during outdoor activities please take cover immediately. As can be seen in the video, it moves in quickly.

New Straits Times, By Z.A. HARTONO: How to avoid being struck by lightning
The Star Online, By Clarissa Chung: Malaysians unprepared for lightning strikes

News Sources

New Straits Times: Man struck dead by lightning after football match
New Straits Times: Fatal Setia Alam lightning strike: Victim’s shirt ‘caught fire’
Malay Mail: One dead, four injured after struck by lightning in Setia Alam football field
The Sun Daily: One killed, four injured in lightning strike at Setia Alam
The Star: Lightning strike in Shah Alam kills one, injures four others (updated)
World of Buzz: 19yo Gets Struck By Lightning While Playing Football in Shah Alam & Tragically Dies

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