80 injured in lightning strike at popular music fest in Germany

Published on : Monday, June 6, 2016

80 injured in lightning strike at popular music fest in GermanyGermany had to cancel its most popular music festival Rock am Ring as 80 people were injured in lightning strike. Germany is facing fierce weather conditions with sudden storms and floods in the past few days which have spread across most of western and central Europe.



The organisers had to close down the fest on its third and final day of the festival. The cancellation decision was announced for 92,000 attendants on Facebook and Twitter.



At least 72 people were admitted to the hospital after the storm struck. Organisers felt that more were injured and eight people were seriously hurt.



The performance had to be suspended for some hours due to downpour but on Saturday night when the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed on the main stage, the fest was briefly reopened. But fans had to be asked to leave the site as new lightning storms were forecast. The decision was taken for the welfare of the attendees.



Germany, France, Belgium, Poland and Romania are facing the worse weather conditions with at least 18 people killed due to flash floods. The Louvre in Paris and many other attractions in the city were forced to be closed as the water has risen to dangerous levels.


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