2 killed, 39 injured as strong wind lashes Poland

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WARSAW, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Windstorm "Ksawery", which swept Poland on Thursday night, has left two people dead and 39 injured, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Friday.

Local media reported that one of the fatalities was a 67-year-old man who fell off his house roof while trying to secure it against the weather. The other was a woman who fell over from a tree and died in a hospital.

According to firefighters, around 890 building roofs were damaged and about 9,000 trees were uprooted by the winds.

At a video conference with State Fire Service commanders in the affected regions, Blaszczak said that he was informed the lives of the injured are not in danger.

According to Blaszczak, Poland's western provinces of Lubuskie and Wielkopolskie were most affected. He said that with the help of professional and voluntary firemen, province governors were "starting damage removal immediately".

Also on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo attended a meeting with a crisis management team in the city of Zielona Gora, western Poland to discuss state emergency services' efforts in removing the damage caused by the gale winds.

After the meeting, Szydlo said those affected by the windstorm would receive financial support from the government. Enditem

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