Korean victims were aid workers

The two South Koreans killed in a lightning strike last evening were volunteer workers of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korean Yonhap state news agency said today.

They were visiting the house of another fellow volunteer in Haputale at the time of the fatal accident, the agency and a wire report said.

The two — a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman — were killed by lightning last evening in the mountainous Haputale region, according to KOICA, a Korean state-funded agency in charge of overseas volunteer programs.

Three other South Korean volunteers, who accompanied them on the visit, were injured and sent to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to the report.

KOICA said an official has been dispatched from its office in Sri Lanka to look into the accident while family members of the dead workers plan to depart for Sri Lanka on Sunday.

KOICA is the South Korean foreign ministry’s affiliated agency tasked with implementing the country’s aid programs for developing countries.