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Violent Storm Ravages Moscow, Killing 11, Injuring Dozens More


At least six were killed and more than 40 injured in the storm.

A violent storm ravaged the Russian capital, Moscow, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens of others.

"The tragedy in itself is unprecedented because the storm happened during daytime, and therefore so many people were hurt," Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said, adding about 70 people were injured as a result of the May 29 storm.

The death toll was the highest due to storms in the capital in a single day for almost two decades. In 1998, between eight and 11 people died in a storm in Moscow.

The Energy Ministry said the storm, which hit at about 4 p.m. local time, knocked out power lines across Moscow, leaving some 7,300 people in the city without electricity, while Sobyanin said gale-force winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour uprooted more than 3,500 trees in the Moscow city area.

The storm has affected the city’s transportation system, with railway connections delayed or canceled.

Based on reporting by TASS, RIA, Reuters, and Interfax
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