Storms leave 100,000 Russians in the dark
AN ESTIMATED 100,000 Russians were left without electricity after fierce storms pounded the north-west of the country, bringing further weather-related misery after a deadly heatwave.
The storms, which were accompanied by hurricane-force winds, hit the area around St Petersburg on Sunday, causing trees to fall on electricity lines, roads, and railroad tracks. The high winds also toppled several construction cranes, seriously injuring a crane operator.
More than 1,500 towns and villages across north-west Russia lost their electricity supply as a result.
With forecasters warning the storms might return as early as today, and hit Moscow, officials ordered extra safety measures for movable objects such as cranes and ordered back-up generators to be made ready for such an emergency. (© Daily Telegraph, London)