The road to Giewont was closed because of the tragic storm that hit the Tatras. The route from Wyżna Kondracka Przełęcz to Giewont is closed until further notice. The way and the artificial plants after the thunderstorm need a review – so the Tatra National Park. On Friday morning, the path will be checked again to make sure there are no people in need.
Thunderstorm in the Tatras. Five people are dead, 140 injured.
According to witnesses with whom Tygodnik Podhalański spoke, a violent storm began at 13:30. It took about an hour. Piorun met, among others, Hala Kondratowa and Giewont on the chain, which was held by about 20 people. According to Radio Kraków, four people were killed in the Polish part of the Tatras, including two children. 1
Morawiecki on the TOPR action after the tragic storm
The head of government also assured that "the emergency services acted quickly and did everything to quickly surprise the people they were following, a thunderstorm." He reported that four helicopters of the air rescue service, a TOPR helicopter and a black falcon were available to the police. – In terms of rescue operation, equipment base, professionalism of the medical and rescue services, everything is as secure as it should be, and what could be done, said the head of government. The Prime Minister added that the government was prepared to provide additional funding for the rescue if necessary.
Previously, President Andrzej Duda had expressed his condolences to the people affected by the disaster in Tatras on Twitter. "A tremendous storm in the Tatra Mountains The Zakopane say there have been no such lightning discharges over the mountains for several decades," the president wrote. The action included 13 ambulances, 22 government firefighters, 87 volunteer firefighters and the Tatra National Park Guard. The actions were supported by the police, the border guard and the city guard.
The mayor announces a three-day mourning.
The mayor of Zakopane Leszek Dorula announced a three-day mourning in the city. It will last from today until the 25th of August. "I connect with the families of the victims and all the victims and also ask the residents to pray for them" – said the mayor of Zakopane in a statement. Leszek Dorula also appealed to all organizers of entertainment, cultural and sporting events with a request for cancellation or restriction during the mourning period. As a sign of mourning, state and city flags are hung on the half mast in front of the city hall of Zakopane and lowered. The artistic part of the final concert of the 51st International Bergfolklorefestival has also been canceled.
On Thursday evening the Mass was celebrated in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki. for the victims and for the health of the victims.
A hotline for families of victims was set up in the Tatras. The number to call is – 18 201 71 00 and 18 202 39 14 .
According to current IMGW information, there may be storms in southern Poland – in Lesser Poland, Podkarpacie and Lower Silesia and Silesia. The warning is valid until tomorrow
Warning for tourists
Giewont is a particularly dangerous place during a storm due to the metal cross and the chains. The Tatra National Park reminds in a comprehensive Facebook post about what tourists should do during a storm. "Tourist, think of your safety, go to the Tatras and learn the weather forecast, during a storm it is particularly dangerous to be on mountain ridges, on paths with artificial facilities and in the area of watercourses!" – we read.