Four die, over 100 hurt in thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains
Four people died and more than a 100 got injured in heavy thunderstorm that passed over Poland's Tatra Mountains on Thursday. A group of tourists nearby Giewont summit were struck by a lightning.
Four people, two of them children, died and more than 100 were injured during a thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains on Thursday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
A fifth person was killed by the storm in the West Tatras in neighbouring Slovakia, mountain rescue services reported.
Lightning hit a group of tourists on Giewont, a 1,894-metre mountain in Poland, after a sunny morning turned stormy, according to witnesses quoted on private broadcaster TVN24.
Tourists climbing Giewont often aim to end their trip at the summit, where a 15-metre iron cross was installed in 1901. The cross is believed to attract lightning.
"Nobody expected such a sudden storm to break out and from our human point of view it was something which was impossible to predict," said Morawiecki after a meeting of an emergency council in the southern town of Zakopane.
The mayor of Zakopane, Leszek Dorula, declared Friday a day of mourning, Polish news agency PAP reported.
Other victims were hurt in different parts of the Tatra range, which spreads over 57 kilometres in southern Poland.
Joanna Sieradzka, spokesman for the Kraków Ambulance Service, said on TVN24 that five helicopters had been involved in the rescue effort.
President Andrzej Duda expressed condolences to all affected by the cataclysm.