Friday, 17 August, 2018

Storms Blamed For 11 Deaths And 70 Injuries In Moscow

Moscow Russia storm trees leaves ground broken wood INSTAGRAM DS STORM Trees have crashed down all over the city causing damage to cars and streets
Ellis Copeland | 30 May, 2017, 07:39

A violent storm swept through Moscow area Monday, leaving 13 people dead and dozens injured as freak winds toppled hundreds of trees, officials said.

According to BBC News, if the death toll is confirmed, it would be the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years.

Most of the fatalities were caused by falling threes and structures carried by the wind, including a metal fence and a bus stop.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his Twitter account that more than 40 people had asked for medical assistance.

"An elderly man...was killed on the spot", it said, adding that an investigation was under way into the deaths.

In Moscow Oblast, outside the city limits, officials reported that the wind damaged the roofs of at least 65 multi-storey apartment blocks.

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Tourist Frank Davis, from Newfoundland in Canada, was caught in heavy traffic in Moscow as the "dramatic storm" struck.

Sobyanin tweeted: "My condolences to the friends and family of those killed".

"We reacted quickly and are recovering now", said Gulnara Shakirova, a community service assistant.

Cars were crushed and roads blocked by trees brought down by the storm.

The compilation below, from Russian journalist Artur Petrosyan, shows the cover of a tennis court in Zhulebino district being blown off, as well as a giant crane spinning around due to high winds.

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