Lightning damages church bell tower on island of Brač, debris hits cars and roofs

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Thunderstorms, rain and lighting hit parts of Croatia in the early hours of Sunday, causing damage on the island of Brač.

Lightning struck the Christ the King parish church in Selca on the island of Brač, causing large stones to break off and fall from the church tower, damaging nearby roofs and cars on the street.

“Early in the morning around 5 a.m. a severe thunderstorm hit the Selca area. Lightning struck the Christ the King Parish Church and damaged the church, nearby family home roofs and personal cars at the base of the church. Selca DVD firefighters have been on site since the morning to repair the effects of the lightning strike and determine the extent of the damage,” the Selca fire brigade said on its Facebook page.

They added that six firefighters and two vehicles intervened and by midday they had repaired the area on the roofs and road where the rubble had broken down after the bell tower’s impact.

A local resident was also devastated to discover that the lighting had wreaked havoc on his flock of 47 sheep of which only 5 were alive.

“It killed me completely. I am shocked. Neither my wife nor I have a pension. Now I have nothing. I can’t talk anymore. It’s hard for me,” 64-year-old Zoran Trutanić told daily Free Dalmatia.

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