Starosadki Lane in the Central District of Moscow a minute before the storm. A photo by @chernyshev2033
The Guardian: A violent storm has swept through Moscow, leaving 13 people dead and dozens injured as freak winds toppled hundreds of trees and brought down other structures. “Due to storm winds hitting Moscow, 50 people have asked for medical attention up to now,” a spokesperson for the City Hall’s health department told AFP. “Eleven were fatally injured.” Two more deaths were reported when the investigative committee of the Moscow region said an 11-year-old girl and a 57-year-old man were killed, one by a falling tree and the other by a flying fence.
Earlier investigators said the victims were mostly killed by falling trees and structures such as a bus stop. Investigators were looking at the scenes of the accidents and questioning witnesses. The Moscow mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, expressed condolences for those who died. “Several hundred trees were felled,” he wrote on his official Twitter. “We are taking necessary measures to deal with the consequences.” (BBC, Reuters, Daily mail.co.uk, TASS, The Moscow Times)