February 26, 2008 / 3:03 PM / 9 years ago

Falling icicles kill six

<p>Icicles hang from the roof of a building in Gulmarg, 55km (34 miles) west of Srinagar January 30, 2008. Six people have been killed in three days by icicles falling from buildings in a central Russian region, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Tuesday.Fayaz Kabli</p>

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Six people have been killed in three days by icicles falling from buildings in a central Russian region, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Tuesday.

Plummeting chunks of ice is an annual hazard for pedestrians in Russia during the spring when the sun finally melts thick layers of ice and snow which build up on roofs over months of freezing temperatures and darkness.

Medical authorities in the region of Samara told ITAR-TASS that five people died in the city of Samara and another person died in the nearby town of Otradny between February 23 and February 25.

Writing by James Kilner; Editing by Matthew Jones

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