Authorities investigating death at Burning Man festival

One death has been reported at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.

Due to heavy rain and flooding this weekend, thousands of attendees have found themselves ankle-deep in mud.

It’s thought 70,000 people are stranded, with authorities now investigating a fatality.

In a statement, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said it is ‘currently investigating a death which occurred during this rain event’.

The person’s family has been notified.

No further details have been given about the circumstances of their death.

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Bad weather at the US festival has made the ground too slippery to even walk on, with roads surrounding the area closed as vehicles cannot drive on them.

It could take days for the ground to dry up and become safe again, so attendees have been told to conserve their food, water, and fuel.

Revellers have reported that the festival’s toilets are also out of use, as the service vehicles cannot drive in the mud to empty them.

The current state of the landscape is a stark contrast to the usual setting, as Burning Man is held in the Black Rock Desert, which is usually dry and dusty.

Organisers of the event are currently doing what they can to try and get people to safety.

They have arranged for buses to pick people up and transport them to the city of Reno, which is more than 100 miles away.

Celebrities also descended on the music event, with the likes of Chris Rock and Diplo able to flee in fits of giggles.

However, Victoria’s Secret model Kelly Gale and her DC star fiancé Joel Kinnaman found themselves stuck as they struggled to wade through the mud.

The festival is due to end on Monday (September 4) with people urged not to travel there, as they will be sent away.

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