At least four people were killed by heavy thunderstorms in the Tatra Mountains in Poland. Some one hundred people were also injured, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday evening.
Two of the deceased victims are children. Witnesses told TVN24 that lightning hit a group of tourists on Mount Giewont, where a 15-meter high cross stands.
The day started sunny, but then the weather changed. "Nobody expected a storm to break out so suddenly," Morawiecki explains after consulting a crisis team in the southern town of Zakopane.
According to PAP news agency, the prime minister stated that not all victims might have been found yet. There may still be people in less accessible places. Rescue teams received help from firefighters and police officers. Several helicopters have also been deployed.
Another fifth died in neighboring Slovakia, the emergency services report. On the border of Poland with Slovakia, a lightning strike caused a man to crash into a ravine. His hiking partner, a Czech woman, was injured.
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