Pukkelpop storm claims fresh victim in hospital: police

24th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

One of three people listed as being in a critical condition in hospital after a freak storm lashed a Belgian outdoor rock festival last week has died, local police said Wednesday.

"The storm that hit the Pukkelpop festival on Thursday has claimed a fifth victim" Hasselt prosecutor spokesman Robrecht De Keersmaecker told the national Belga news agency.

The identity of the victim -- two of the three were Dutch citizens -- was not divulged.

Monday, the mayor of Hasselt Hilde Claes said that four people died when stages and tents collapsed during last Thursday's hailstorm in Flemish eastern Belgium.

The three-day Pukkelpop festival, which drew some 65,000 fans each day with top international acts such as Eminem, the Foo Fighters or The Offspring on the bill, was immediately halted when the storm hit.

© 2011 AFP

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