Falling Icicles Kill And Injure Record Numbers In St. Petersburg

icicleThis winter has marked to coldest for Russia in three decades, but that’s not the only record being set this season. Five people have been killed, and 150 injured, from falling icicles in St. Petersburg. The Telegraph reports:

Apartment block roofs have caved in under the weight of snow with water seeping into people’s homes and damaging books in the Russian National Library.

In recent days, a six-month old baby received serious injuries after a chunk of ice dropped on her pram, an eight-year old boy suffered serious spinal damage after an icicle struck his back, and at least two people hit by falling ice are now in hospital fighting for their lives.

But it is the unusually large number of people who have been struck by icicles that has caused the most concern.

[Continues at The Telegraph]