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Polish thunderstorms kill one, injure five

Other News Materials 21 July 2011 14:07
One woman was killed and five people were injured when heavy thunderstorms struck Poland, fire brigade officials said Thursday.

One woman was killed and five people were injured when heavy thunderstorms struck Poland, fire brigade officials said Thursday, DPA reported.

A 30 year-old woman died late Wednesday after she was crushed by a fragment of roof that flew off a barn in heavy wind in Kolodziaz, central Poland, officials said.

Five people were injured, including three in the north-east, who were in a tent during the storm and were hit by a tree.

Some 2,000 people were left without power in the north-east of the country.

The storms damaged around 180 buildings, felled 1,000 trees, and left torn power lines and flooded streets in their wake throughout Poland, officials said.

The fire brigade was called out 3,353 times, mostly in central areas.

Warsaw's international airport Okecie was temporarily closed during heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

The Interior Ministry said it had set aside 3.6 million zloty (1.2 million dollars) to fix damaged homes and buildings in the central province of Lodzkie.

Weather reports said there would be more storms on Thursday night.

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