Strong winds, thunderstorms hit Moscow, killing 11 people

A municipal worker cleans the area by the eternal flame in Moscow's Alexander Garden following a storm on May 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV

MOSCOW — Thunderstorms and strong winds buffeted Moscow and its surrounding areas on Monday, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, Russian officials said.

The city’s health department said about 50 others, including children, were injured.

Yulia Ivanova, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s branch of the Investigative Committee, had earlier reported six deaths, including five people killed Monday by falling trees and one person who died after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds.

Russian media say scores of people have also been injured around Moscow.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the storm has destroyed hundreds of trees in the Russian capital. The winds also disrupted train service and delayed dozens of flights at Moscow’s airports.

A top emergency official also said that 60,000 people in Russia’s Stavropol region are being evacuated due to the threat of flooding.