24 Mar 2010, 10:43am
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Killer icicles terrorise Russians

by Marina Koreneva, AFP, Yahoo News, March 24, 2010 [here]

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – Walking along a Saint Petersburg Street immersed in music, Milana Kashtanova, became the latest victim of falling icicles and ice blocks that have killed five people and injured 147 in the city following Russia’s coldest winter in 30 years.

Kashtanova, 21, has been in a coma since February when she was hit by the ice which was being cleared from a rooftop.

“Milana was just walking past a building in the city centre… There was no warning tape, nothing to alert people that people were working on the roof,” Kashtanova’s boyfriend, Irinei Kalachev, told AFP.

The toll has prompted residents and relatives of victims to demand action against those responsible for what they believe to be careless clearing of ice from rooftops.

“Every day, I go out into the street as if I was entering a war zone,” complained resident Boris Ilinsky, 28. … [more]

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