Storm kills 11 people, injures dozens in Moscow

Fatalities reported in Moscow thunderstorms.               Source Sergei Kiselev  Moskva Agency

"In total, 168 people sought medical assistance, 146 of them were admitted to 15 Moscow hospitals", he said. "Several hundred trees were felled". It was the deadliest weather event in the Russian capital in at least 19 years, according to the Interfax news service.

Andrei Vorobyov, governor of the Moscow province, said Tuesday that five people were killed by the storm there, bringing the death toll to 16.

Winds reached up to 30 meters per second (67 miles per hour).

A severe storm passed through Moscow Monday afternoon, taking the lives of 13 people and injuring dozens more.

In 1998, another strong wind storm hit Moscow, killing as many as 11 people.

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CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said most of the damage appeared to come from strong straight-line winds, with gusts measuring 101 kph (63 mph). The winds also disrupted train service and delayed dozens of flights at Moscow's airports. He said 69 people needed medical aid after the storm.

According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the storm blew down some 14,000 trees and damaged roofs of more than 240 buildings, and over 2,500 cars.

Seven people have died in the capital, with another victim being an 11-year-old girl in the Ramenskoye District of Moscow Region, she added.

Photos circulating on social media show fallen trees blocking roads and a large roadside advertising board crushing parked cars.

The death toll was the highest due to storms in the capital in a single day for nearly 20 years.

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