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Polish woman among UK storm casualties

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Nick Hodge 30.10.2013 14:26
A 34-year-old Polish woman was among the casualties of the storm that lashed the United Kingdom on Monday, UK police have confirmed.

A woman passes by a fallen tree in London, Britain, 28 October 2013. Photo: EPA/ Tal Cohen

Dorota Kolasinska and her partner Suhail Akhtar died after an uprooted tree caused a gas explosion in Hounslow, west London.

Three houses were destroyed and two damaged as a result of the blast, although several residents managed to flee the scene.

It is understood that the couple had been together for about ten years prior to the accident. Their bodies were found beneath the rubble.

Kolasinska worked for Hackney council in east London, and has been described as “extremely popular and hard-working.”

Speaking with the Evening Stardard daily, Kim Wright, corporate director of health and community services at the council, said “our thoughts and sympathies are with Dorota's family, friends and colleagues.”

Four people died and one person is missing, presumed dead, as a result of the so-called St Jude's storm.

With the storm then moving across northern Europe, a further nine people were killed. (nh)

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