Strong winds, thunderstorms hit Moscow, killing 6 people

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 in a statement.

"The victims are receiving proper care".

The injured are receiving medical treatment and families of the casualties will be financially compensated, said Sobyanin, adding that the storm caused so much damage because it rarely happened in the daytime.

Yulia Ivanova, a spokeswoman for Moscow's branch of the Investigative Committee, had earlier reported six deaths, including five people killed Monday by falling trees and one person who died after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds. Investigators travelled to the scenes of the accidents and questioned witnesses.

The Moscow mayor, Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his Twitter account. The storm uprooted trees and tore the roofs off buildings. Because of the fallen trees, the schedule of Aeroexpress trains to Vnukovo airport was also dislocated, trains on the Filevskaya Line of the Moscow Metro stopped.

The wind speed reached 22 meters (yards) per second at its peak, meteorologists said.

  • Leroy Wright