Lightning Kills One, Injures Dozens Across Europe

At least one person has been killed, and dozens of others are injured, following lightning strikes across central Europe.

One man was killed and several people, including children, have been injured as lightning strikes hit parts of central Europe.

In southern Poland on Saturday, a man in his forties was killed when he was struck by lightning as he descended the Babia Góra mountain, local media said. Three others were injured by lightning in the region, while a 61-year-old man drowned in floodwaters, according to TVN24 television and PAP news agency.

In Germany, more than 30 people were taken to hospital in the western village of Hoppstädten when lightning struck the pitch at the end of a children’s football match. Most of those affected were children, who were taken to hospital as a precaution and were found to be unharmed.

However three adults were seriously injured including the 45-year-old referee, who was hit directly and had to be resuscitated before being rushed to hospital by helicopter.

In Paris, 11 people – eight of them children – were injured when lightning struck as they were celebrating a birthday party in Parc Monceau in the north-west of the city. Pierre Carli, director of Necker hospital in Paris, said later in a statement that only one child was in a very serious condition and had required resuscitation.

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