Storm Ciaran hits Europe: seven dead. In Belgium, a five-year-old boy lost his life


By John

At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured due to the effects of Ciaran storm which hit northwestern Europe with torrential rain and winds of up to 200 km per hour. The storm damaged homes and property, forcing many schools to close and several airlines and rail companies to suspend services. A truck driver was killed by a falling tree in the Aisne department of northern France, where a blackout affected more than 1.2 million people in the country, about half the population of Brittany. Also in France, a 70-year-old man died in Le Havre after falling from a balcony due to strong winds. In Spain a woman was killed when a tree fell in the center of Madrid, three people were injured.

Two deaths in Belgium, including a five-year-old child, struck by a falling branch that broke due to the strong wind. The other victim is a 64-year-old German woman who was visiting Belgium. A man was seriously injured in the port city of Antwerp when a wall fell. In the Netherlands, a person was crushed to death by a tree in Venray in the southern province of Limburg, local media reported. At least 10 other people were injured across the country, at least three seriously. Finally, German firefighters reported that a 46-year-old Bavarian woman, who was on a family holiday with her husband and her two children, was killed by a falling tree while she was hiking near Rammelsberg. in the Harz Mountains.