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In Bandung, the city of drama, storms are more than frequent: more than 200 days of storms per year, on average.
INTERNATIONAL – A friendly match which turns into drama. Football fans around the world were inevitably marked by the images of the last moments on the field of Indonesian footballer Septain Raharja, who died after being in the middle of a match.
The events took place this Saturday, February 10, at the Siliwangi stadium in Bandung, the capital of the province of West Java. This is where a match between local team 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang turned into a nightmare when this player from the visiting team was hit, as reported by local media .
The incident, particularly rare, was also filmed, as shown in a video relayed on X (formerly Twitter). Be careful, however, because these images may shock the most sensitive viewers.
In this short sequence, we can see Septain Raharja, slightly lonely at the top of the field (and the screen) for around ten seconds. The next moment, the footballer is on the ground after being struck by lightning. Proof of the violence of the impact, another player, located to the right of the field, was thrown backwards when lightning struck his teammate.
Aware of the seriousness of this incident, the teammates of the affected player then rushed in his direction to help him, and the match was logically interrupted.
Sudden change in weather
According to local media, Septain Raharja’s jersey was torn by lightning. Still conscious on the ground, the 35-year-old man was rushed to Saringsih hospital before succumbing to his injuries. Of the “ intense burns “, according to .
According to several witnesses present during the tragedy, a sudden change in weather was the cause of this unexpected storm. The British newspaper specifies that the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) confirmed that a cloud was 300 meters above the stadium when the footballer was struck by lightning.
This tragedy also recalls that another Indonesian football player suffered the same fate on the island of Java at the beginning of November. However, this 13-year-old player ultimately survived this lightning strike, despite suffering a cardiac arrest.
also recalled in a 2017 article that Indonesia and more particularly the islands of Sumatra and Java are regularly the target of some of the most intense storms on the planet. The city of Bandung is also known for this meteorological particularity which implies that on average.
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