Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Moscow storm: 16 killed in Russian capital and region

Sixteen people were killed when a severe thunderstorm hit Moscow and the region around the Russian capital on Monday, officials say.

Hundreds of trees were toppled, and about 150 people needed medical help.

It was the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

The winds of up to 110 km/h (70 mph) were described by meteorologists as extremely rare for the city, and caused structural damage to buildings.

Damage to the roof of the Kremlin Senate building, taken by BBC News website reader John Wilkinson

Electrical cables were reportedly damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.
The city's investigative committee said that "hurricane winds" had blown down trees across the city, killing five pedestrians.

An elderly man was also killed at a bus stop, it said.

Two people were killed after a tree fell onto their summer house, Interfax reported.

On Tuesday, the authorities raised the death toll to 16, saying that 11 people were killed in the capital and five in the Moscow region.

Cars under fallen trees after a strong thunderstorm hit Moscow, Russia, 29 May 201

Tree felled in Moscow

BBC   News.