Powerful storm kills six in Germany
A powerful storm with winds gusting up to 133 km/hour swept across Germany late on Sunday and through the night, killing six people in a series of weather-related accidents.Updated: Jun 10, 2003 10:52 IST
A powerful storm with winds gusting up to 133 km/hour swept across Germany late on Sunday and through the night, killing six people in a series of weather-related accidents, police said on Monday.
A five-year-old British girl was swept away and killed in a freak helium balloon accident at a British military show in the western town of Rheindahlen when she became entangled in the balloon's mooring ropes as it was swept away by high winds.
The balloon was found about 40 miles away and the girl's body discovered nearby.
Aside from the winds, lightning strikes caused numerous fires and millions of euros in damage.
A 33-year-old paraglider was killed when powerful gusts sent him crashing to the ground.
A 52-year-old Hungarian musician was killed by a falling tree branch at the end of an open air concert near Bernkastel and a security guard, 42, was killed by a falling tree in Apen.
Also a 65-year-old man was killed on the North Sea island of Sylt when the powerful winds tipped his parked camping trailer on top of him and a man in Muehlhausen was killed when a tree hit his car.
German police said another six people were killed in separate car crashes on water-soaked roads around the country.
First Published: Jun 10, 2003 10:52 IST