13 killed and dozens injured by a violent storm in Moscow, Monday

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The storm also destroyed a controversial pyramid building which became a tourist site, which was erected by engineer Alexander Golod, near a highway to the west of Moscow. The Moscow mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, expressed condolences for those who died. The mayor added that the authorities were taking the necessary measures to deal with aftermath of the disaster. The weather caused delays at Moscow’s airports and the express train to Vnukovo airport had to halt its service as workers removed a tree from the line. In Moscow Region, a wire breakage caused by the storm left over 18,000 people without electricity in 102 towns and villages.  Earlier, the Emergencies Ministry issued a warning, saying that “heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, and gusts of wind reaching 17-22 meters per second” were expected in the capital from noon Monday until Tuesday morning.

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