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    Several municipalities likely to seek government support for dealing with storm damage

    RIGA, June 12 (LETA) - The local authorities of the western Latvian regions of Tukums, Kandava and Engure are likely to seek government support for dealing with the damage caused by Tuesday’s severe thunderstorms, LETA learned.

    In Tukums region, cleaning up in the wake of the storm will take months, said regional council official Dace Lebeda. The region had not seen a thunderstorm of this severity for quite some time, but nobody was injured, she said.

    The local authority has received reports of many broken trees in parks. In one county cemetery the storm reportedly uprooted trees “together with coffins”. The gusty wind ripped a part of the roof from an apartment house, Lebeda said, adding that the local government was ready to provide help to the residents.

    Although the heavy downpours have damaged several roads in the region, they still can be used. In the town of Tukums, the rain has flooded streets and also buildings, straining the town’s drainage system.

    Storm devastation in the regions of Kandava is less serious but the damages are still being estimated, said regional mayor Inga Priede. Power disruptions were reported in the twn of Kandava and the storm damaged roads and forests in Matkule county. Some motor vehicles also suffered from the hail, which also broke windows of buildings.

    Imants Valers, a municipal official from Engure region said that the roof of an apartment house was damaged in Milzkalne and several roads in the region suffered in the storm as well.

    • Published: 12.06.2019 11:01
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