Several dead, trees uprooted & streets blocked as severe storm hits Moscow

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At least six people were killed as the Russian capital, Moscow, was hit by a heavy storm midday on Monday, the Investigative Committee confirmed. The city mayor said that dozens required medical treatment. The storm uprooted trees and tore the roofs off buildings.

“As a result of the storm wind in north-eastern, south-western and eastern Moscow, trees collapsed on passing residents. Five people died on the spot from the injuries they received. In addition, on the same day, a strong wind gust damaged a bus stop on Kirovogradskaya Street. An elderly man… died on the spot,” Yulia Ivanova, Investigative Committee representative, told RIA Novosti news agency.

“There are casualties as a result of the storm, more than 40 people applied for medical attention. My condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died,” Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin tweeted.

The mayor added that the authorities were taking the necessary measures to deal with aftermath of the disaster.

Earlier, the Emergencies Ministry issued a warning, saying that “heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, and gusts of wind reaching 17-22 meters per second” were expected in the capital from noon Monday until Tuesday morning.


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