A real storm swept across large parts of Norway on Sunday afternoon.
At 17:00 the alarm went off from Melshornet in the coastal municipality of Hared outside Ålesund. Two women were struck by lightning and died, while a third woman was seriously injured.
– We were sent away أرسل The rescue resources we had and eventually became an ambulance helicopter that was able to get up between lightning and thunder and pick up the injured person with one of those who died, rescue chief Borg Amdam tells NRK.
Then the helicopter returned to pick up the other deceased person.
The third person who survived was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
three women It was at the top of Melchornet, 668 meters above sea level, when lightning struck.
– This is a very tragic event, Hared Municipal Council Chairman Bernt Brandall tells NRK, adding that the municipality has started its own crisis management.
Additional rescue efforts are underway in the same mountainous region. At Sukkertoppen outside Ålesund, Red Cross rescue workers and climbers try to save a man who did not come down.
At least 24 rescue operations have been launched in southern Norway, authorities have reported, NRK. The lightning also caused two fires in the terrain.
The authorities are urging the people From moving away from the mountains or leaving them quickly.
On Sunday, lightning struck as many as 20,000 times in Norway on Sunday, according to an ongoing survey by the Meteorological Institute.
According to the weather forecast, heavy rains will continue in several parts of the country until Monday.