Storm Ciarán causes second death in Belgium

A five-year-old child was killed by a falling tree branch in the city of Ghent on Thursday during storm Ciarán. Earlier in the day, a 64-year-old German woman was fatally struck by a falling branch in the city's Citadel Park.

The branch struck a five-year-old and a three-year-old during playground activities in the city's Henri Storyplein. Playground activities have been suspended for the rest of the week and other children present are receiving counselling. The public prosecutor is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Earlier in the day, a 64-year-old woman was killed in Ghent when a family of German tourists was struck by a falling branch in the city's Citadel Park. Her 31-year-old daughter survived but was taken to hospital with a broken leg and is undergoing surgery.

The city of Ghent has expressed its condolences to the victims.


#FlandersNewsService | A falling tree on the R24 in Nivelles during storm Ciarán © BELGA PHOTO STRINGER

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