Five fatalities, nearly 140 injured after storm in Tatras

Five helicopters, 13 ambulances, nearly 80 firemen took part in the rescue operation coordinated by the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue Emergency Service (TOPR). Grzegorz Momot/PAP

Nearly 140 people were injured as a result of a series of lightning strikes that hit the Tatra mountains during heavy storms on Thursday. Four people, including two children, died on the Polish side of the mountain range, and one on the Slovak side.

The injured people were transported to hospitals in Zakopane, Nowy Targ, Limanowa, Myślenice, Sucha Beskidzka and Kraków, southern Poland.

The lightning strikes pummeled the Giewont peak, a trekking destination that is 1,894 meters high, as well as other locations across the Tatra mountain range.

Five helicopters, 13 ambulances, nearly 80 firemen took part in the rescue operation coordinated by the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue Emergency Service (TOPR).

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who went to Zakopane, extended his sympathies to relatives of the victims and expressed thanks to all the services taking part in the rescue operation.

Rescue services planned to keep searching the mountains on Friday for anyone else who might need help.

In another rescue operation in the Tatra Mountains, TOPR rescuers found the body of one of the spelunkers who went missing in a cave on Saturday after being trapped by rising water. Wielka Śnieżna is Poland's deepest and longest cave.