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Moscow storm: Several people killed, mayor says

Moscow storm: Several people killed, mayor says

Cars under fallen trees after a strong thunderstorm hit Moscow, Russia, 29 May 201 Moscow storm: Several people killed, mayor says

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Most fatalities are reported to have been caused by falling trees

Several people have been killed after a severe thunderstorm hit Moscow, the mayor of the Russian capital says.

Hundreds of trees have been toppled by the storm, and about 40 people have sought medical help, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin tweeted.

Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

The exact death toll is unclear, but Russian news agencies are reporting between six and eight fatalities.

TASS news agency says that at least five people were killed by falling trees and 69 people were injured.

Two people were killed after a tree fell onto their summer house, Interfax reported.

Delays had been reported on some metro lines but normal service appears to have resumed.

Mr Sobyanin tweeted: "My condolences to the friends and family of those killed."

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