Lightning Strike Kills Four On Brazil Beach
A pregnant woman and her husband are among four members of the same family killed as violent storms hit the Sao Paulo region
At least four people have been killed by a lightning strike on a beach on the coast of Brazil.
Another four people were injured when a violent storm suddenly hit Praia Grande, near the port city of Santos, where the lightning strike happened on Monday.
Local media reported that among the dead was a pregnant woman and her husband, aunt and uncle.
Santos police did not provide an update on the condition of those injured.
The owner of a kiosk near the scene told Brazil’s Globo news network: “There was a noise like an explosion and I saw the lightning come down before a flash.
“There were more than 20 people in the area where it happened, either coming in from the sea or on the beach where the lightning hit.
“People were crying, panicking, then firefighters arrived with stretchers and equipment.”
Violent storms have ravaged southeast Brazil in recent days, with Sao Paulo bearing the brunt of the bad weather.
In the early hours of Monday, a storm downed scores of trees across the area with a population of almost 20 million, causing public transport chaos after more than 100 traffic lights malfunctioned.
Courtesy of Sky News