Man killed by lightning outside cemetery

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The man was killed by a bolt of lightning in Latina. Photo: JohnFowler/Flickr
10:48 CEST+02:00
A man died after being struck by lightning outside a cemetery in Latina, a town south of Rome.

The man was hit by the bolt of lightning outside Castelforte cemetery during a storm on Wednesday, Il Messaggero reported.

Despite emergency services being quick to arrive at the scene, he was unable to be saved.

Rome has been hit by sporadic, but heavy, downpours and thunder and lightning this week, with parts of the city being flooded.

The unsettled weather is forecast to last until Thursday.

Italy’s storms often prove to be treacherous.  In July last year, a 12-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning while playing football on the beach.

Later that summer, 40,000 lightning strikes were recorded during a single day of storms.

Meanwhile, a six-year-old boy from northern Italy survived after being hit by lightning while having a bath last October.

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In February, an Alitalia jet was struck by lightning on departing Rome.

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