A German politician has died after he was hit by lightning whilst taking a wee outdoors in a storm.
Local politician Nico K., 44, who belonged to the Christian Democratic Union Party and was a member of the local council, died in the tragic accident during a garden party in the village of Hoehnstedt in the northeastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Local media report a group of friends were having a barbecue in the area when Nico K. walked away to relieve himself.
He was reportedly standing under a high-voltage power line when a lightning bolt struck him.
Onlookers tried to revive the 44-year-old but he died at the scene.
Police spokesperson Ralf Karlstedt said: “They tried to reanimate him, but it didn’t work.”
Local police have reportedly launched an investigation into the bizarre incident.
There are approximately 240,000 lightning injuries evert year, with around 24,000 people dying as a result of being struck by lightning.
Immediate health effects include both cardiac and respiratory arrest, which usually resolve fairly quickly. Other injuries may include burns and blunt force trauma.
Approximately 75% of people who survive being struck by lightning will go on to experience health problems like cataracts and hearing loss.
The phenomenon is most common in mountainous areas with lots of moisture in the air, such as in Central Africa.
Men are four times more likely to be hit by lightning than women, and the age group most affected is between 20 and 45 years old.
Severe storms hit all over Germany at the weekend, with 30 accidents on the roads in the state of East Westphalia, leading to 13 people being injured.
Meanwhile 65 hikers in the Grainau area in Bavaria had to be rescued by helicopter after trails became impassable.
Photos show how roads became flooded and trees fell into buildings during the storms.