USA: 4 people are in serious condition due to lightning strike near the White House

ISLAMABAD, Aug 05 (Alliance News): In America, 4 people are in serious condition due to the lightning strike in a park north of the White House last night.

According to the report of the American newspaper, the spokesman of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Vito Maggiolo, said that around 7 pm, 2 men and 2 women were in Lafayette Square near the Pennsylvania Avenue of the White House, where they Lightning struck very close.

He said Secret Service agents and U.S. Park Police officers were nearby who helped provide immediate first aid and transported all four to a nearby hospital.

“The ability to provide immediate life-saving service is critical to better outcomes,” Vito Maggiolo said.

He said that when the lightning struck, the four victims were standing near trees in the park, while it is definitely not safe to stand near trees during stormy weather.

After the scorching heat a day earlier, a severe storm hit Washington yesterday evening, with severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings issued across the region.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the chance of being struck by lightning is less than one percent a year, and about 90 percent of all victims survive.

He said that since 2006, there have been 444 deaths due to lightning strikes in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, 9 people have died due to lightning strikes in the country in 2022.


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