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5 DEAD, 150 INJURED IN MOUNTAIN STORM
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The scale of a deadly storm near ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia is becoming clear as emergency crews liken it to a terror attack. UPDATED

 

 


At least five people, including two children aged 10 and 14, died in the fierce storm in the Tatra Mountains.

Four of the dead, among them the children, were killed in Poland after lightning struck Giewont peak at 1,894m.

It is popular hiking destination.

The fifth fatality was a Czech national killed in a lightning strike on Banikov peak in Slovakia.

He fell hundreds of metres down the mountain into a ravine.

More than 150 people were reported injured in the powerful thunderstorm which moved rapidly along the border of southern Poland and northern Poland near the Polish town of Zakopane.

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Initially, there were reports that three people were missing after the storm, but they have since been found.

The head of Poland's emergency response service compared the sheer volume and severity of the injuries people suffered to a "terrorist attack."

Jan Krzystof, head of the TOPR Tatra emergency service, said the injuries ranged from burns to broken legs, with wounds covering entire bodies.

"This is a situation that can be compared to a terrorist attack," he said.

"A large group of random people has been hit. Many people, including children."

The ferocity of the storm was captured by a resident of the ski resort town of Zakopane.

The mayor of Zakopane, Leszek Dorula, declared Friday a day of mourning.

The thunderstorm happened suddenly around midday on Thursday on a day that had begun with clear weather.

"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 the Polish Prime Minsiter, Mateusz Morawiecki.

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