Storm in Moscow storm kills six people in Moscow

Moscow storm kills 16 and injures nearly 170

Moscow storm kills 16 and injures nearly 170

Reports say at least 13 people died on Monday as severe thunderstorms battered Moscow, Russia, with dozens more injured.

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

Meanwhile, the Russian Investigative Committee said eight people, including an 11-year old girl, had been killed by falling trees in Moscow and its neighborhoods.

Winds up to 70 miles per hour were reported, and officials said most of the deaths were caused by falling trees.

Tourist Frank Davis, from Newfoundland in Canada, was caught in heavy traffic in Moscow as the "dramatic storm" struck. In addition, on the same day, a strong wind gust damaged a bus stop on Kirovogradskaya Street.

The mayor said the storm was "unprecedented", claiming more lives than any other in over a hundred years since Moscow officials started tracking weather in the Russian capital.

"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. "A destructive storm uprooted several hundred trees".

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin expressed condolences for those who died.

The mayor added that the authorities were taking the necessary measures to deal with aftermath of the disaster.

The weather caused delays in Moscow's airports and the express train to Vnukovo airport had to halt service as workers removed a tree from the line.

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