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At least 16 die as gales lash Europe

A tree blown over lies in front of the Natural History Museum in London


At least 16 people - including a Swiss woman - have died in a storm sweeping across northwestern Europe.

Powerful winds gusting up to 160 kilometres per hour uprooted trees and wreaked havoc on roads and railways and disrupted flights.

In Switzerland, a 31-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her. She was walking with her husband and child in a forest in Basel.

Britain suffered the highest death toll with three children among the six people killed.

A 14-year-old girl died after a tree crushed the car she was sitting in near Market Drayton in central England. Two people were killed by trees in separate incidents in the east of the country, according to the East Anglia Ambulance Service.

At least two people died in the Netherlands while winds slammed a 13-year-old rollerskater into a truck in Belgium.

In Germany, at least two people died, one a Dutch woman killed when a tree fell on her car and the other a 43-year-old man in the Ruhr region who reportedly died when he was hit by a car that skidded in the rain.

Two people died in France when a tree collapsed onto their car. A third person was crushed by a collapsed roof in the town of Caumont, in the northern Aisne district. A fourth person died when a tree fell on him while out in the nearby Nord district.

swissinfo with agencies

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