Moscow storm death toll rises to 16

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     DEVASTATION A massive tree is one of many ripped from the ground by the almighty storm

Sputnik DEVASTATION A massive tree is one of many ripped from the ground by the almighty storm

A heavy storm that hit the Russian capital today has left a number of people dead, the Investigative Committee confirmed.

Alexei Khripun, head of the Moscow Health Department, said on Tuesday that more than 150 people had applied for medical help.

A man speaks on the phone near a tree, which was uprooted by a heavy storm and fell down on a vehicle, in Moscow, Russia, May 29, 2017.

At least 14 people have been killed by the calamity in Moscow and the region, and some 170 have been injured.

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

A severe storm passed through Moscow Monday afternoon, taking the lives of 13 people and injuring dozens more. He said 69 people needed medical aid after the storm.

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Most of the fatalities were caused by falling threes and structures carried by the wind, including a metal fence and a bus stop.

The winds also disrupted the train services around the region and dozens of flights from Moscow's airports were delayed.

The exact death toll is unclear, but Russian news agencies are reporting between six and 11 fatalities.

In the city, the hurricane uprooted about 3,500 trees and damaged roofs of more than 140 high-rise buildings and administrative buildings, as well as over 1,500 cars.

A auto uplifted by the roots of a fallen tree in Moscow.

Meanwhile, photos circulating on social media show fallen trees blocking roads.

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