Lightning Kills 4 in South America

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Four members of the same Brazilian family were
killed by a lightning strike during a storm in the Amazon region.

Brazil's national space institute known as Inpe tracks lightning
strikes in Brazil.

It says in a Monday statement that one 30-year-old man and three
girls died after lightning hit a tree they were standing under in
Para state. They had been in the jungle picking fruit.

The newspaper O Liberal reports the man who died was the uncle
of two sisters who were killed. The girls were 7- and 9-years-old,
and a 13-year-old girl in the group also died. It was not clear how
she was related to the others.

Calls to police weren't answered.

Inpe says Brazil has more lightning strikes than any other
nation. They register nearly 58 million strikes per year.


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