510 settlements in 26 districts of Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev regions and Minsk suffered damage after the storm on Wednesday, July 13. 36 people were injured, seven of them brought to hospitals, the Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.
Wind gusts reaching 21 m/s damaged roofs of over 600 houses, 13 amenity buildings, 6 industrial and 89 agricultural constructions. Two water towers collapsed in villages in Minsk region.
Over 4200 trees were torn down by wind in Vitebsk, Minsk, Mogilev regions and Minsk. 447 of them fell on vehicles parked nearby.
36 people turned for medical help, seven of them needed hospitalization.
Immediately after storm the media reported an accident at the National airport Minsk where two aircraft collided. Later it was reported that a total of eight planes were damaged by the storm.
“Five aircraft suffered minor damage, other three were damaged more severely. Two aircraft hit each other on a parking lot. Special commisison is working to investigate the circumstances and the severity of the damage”, a statement from the airport says.
Weather affected the work of the railway: six trains were halted because of the storm with the delay time varying from 15 minutes to two and a half hours. Normal railway operation was restored after 22.00.
Wednesday’s storm led to damage of electric power lines and electricity cuts, as well as problems with water supply in Minsk and surrounding towns and villages.
On July 14 forecasters predict another storm in Belarus. Thunderstorms are expected over the biggest part of the country’s territory in the afternoon, squally winds will reach 15-20 m/s, heavy rain will fall down in the west. The orange level of danger has been declared in Belarus.