Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer squall leaves three dead at Ilmensky Festival in Southern Urals

A deadly storm in the Southern Urals left three dead and six others injured at the Ilmensky Festival.

Directly after its opening in the Chelyabinsk region, the 38th festival of art and song--with 23,000 in attendance--was hit with a deadly summer squall, which began with a hailstorm, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

The strong winds uprooted centenary pines as festival-goers took shelter. The seven-minute storm killed two children: seven-year-old Natasha Antonova and 10-year-old Sasha Zakharova. A 50-year-old Chrysostom resident--Svetlana Zhuykova--died after being struck by lightning. Two people suffered brain trauma and another suffered a broken collarbone.

The Oleg Mityaev Foundation issued an address, following the incident.

"We offer our condolences to the families of those killed in the tragedy that occurred as a result of this sudden disaster, and we thank all the online services for their professional activities in an emergency situation, which helped avoid more tragic consequences," the statement said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.