At least five people – including two children – were killed in a thunderstorm in the southern Tatras in Poland and over 100 others were injured.
The TOPR Rescue Service reported that the rescuers were sent to Giewont Peak
The spokeswoman for the provincial governor of Krakow, Joanna Pazdzio, told the Associated Press that the leaders of the bailout on Thursday afternoon in the Tatras were informed they were dead.
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"Several people were struck by lightning." Jan Krzysztof, Chief of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue, reported the Polish TVN24 news.
Rescue workers said that about 20 people could be affected when lightning struck Giewont, a popular trekking destination, and other Tatra towns.
"Several people died in different places." Krzysztof told TVN24.
Kinga Czerwinska of the Airborne Ambulance Service said four helicopters were dispatched to help. They were alerted shortly after 2pm.
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Some of the injured were taken by helicopter to a hospital in the Polish mountain resort of Zakopane and in the Krakow province. Governor Piotr Cwik told reporters that the death toll could certainly increase.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who went to Zakopane, some of the injured were in a serious condition with severe burns or head injuries as they fell after the lightning strikes or fell hit by falling stones. He has extended his sympathies for their relatives.
Typically, lightning strikes tall objects such as trees and skyscrapers because their tips are closer to the bottom of the storm cloud, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
does not always mean that large objects are hit. It depends on where the fees apply, "the agency said," Lightning can hit the ground in an open field, even if the tree line is nearby. "
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A lightning bolt can strike up to 40 kilometers from the scene According to NSSL from a storm cloud.
"They can be particularly dangerous because they seem to come from a clear blue sky," the bureau said.
Fox Bradford Betz contributed to this report.