UPDATE: ALTHOUGH reports on Saturday (May 28) indicated that 10 of the people struck by lightning were children, more recent reports have indicated that among the injured there were eight children and three adults. These reports have also indicated that as of the early afternoon of Sunday (May 29) one of the children remains in critical condition.
ELEVEN people were struck by lightning in a Paris park on the afternoon of Saturday May 28, with 10 of the victims being children.
The incident occurred at Parc Monceau in the northwest of the city, with local media supports suggesting that the children were attending a birthday party at the time.
Police have indicated that a medical unit was quickly immobilised in the park so that the victims could be treated as quickly as possible. Reports indicate that at least six of the injuries were severe and that the children, aged between seven and 14, were promptly rushed to the hospital.
Despite warm and sunny weather in the morning on Saturday, things took a turn for the worse when Paris and other parts of France were rocked by torrential rain and storms beginning in the early afternoon. Meteo France, the country’s meteorological service, issued Orange Alerts in 19 of France’s departments on Saturday, the second-highest warning level in regards to storms.
More details to follow as the story unfolds.