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Lightning kills 4 family members in Amazon

SAO PAULO (AP) – Four members of the same Brazilian family were killed by a lightning strike during a heavy 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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