Strong wind, storms blamed for 11 deaths in Moscow; 70 hurt

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Fourteen people were killed when the deadliest storm in years struck Moscow and the surrounding area on Monday, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, told Russian-state media TASS.

"In total, 168 people sought medical assistance, 146 of them were admitted to 15 Moscow hospitals", he said.

The authorities take necessary measures to deal with the aftermath of the thunderstorms, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote in his Twitter account.

At least 11 people were killed in a storm that battered Moscow on Monday.

A total of 170 people sought medical assistance following Monday's hurricane in Moscow, nearly 150 of them were hospitalized, the head of the Moscow government's healthcare department, Alexei Khripun, said.

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The head of the Russian weather authority told the news agency that the winds had reached a speed of 49 miles per hour and that another storm could hit the city again as early as this coming Monday.

According to reports, most of the casualties were the result of falling trees or structures, including a bus stop.

The storm damaged 243 buildings and around 2,000 cars in the capital, Sobyanin tweeted on Tuesday.

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

Cars were crushed and roads blocked by trees brought down by the storm. "We are trying to remove all the trees before night falls", Gulnara Shakirova, a community service assistant told the BBC.