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Heavy rainfall and flooding turned this year’s Burning Man festival into a massive mudslide and even led to the death of one festival goer.

Tropical Storm Hilary brought with it unprecedented storms in the desert in Nevada, United States and organisers were faced with closing the entrance to the festival for safety reasons.

Those inside were urged to conserve food, fuel and water until the ground showed some signs of drying up.

One man died while at the festival. Leon Reece (32) was found unresponsive on the ground at Black Rock City on Friday night.

Local sheriff Jerry Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle that due to heavy rain on the playa, access to the area was delayed and by the time deputies arrived, Reece was pronounced dead.

After an investigation and interviewing witnesses as well as medical responders, no immediate cause of death was determined.

Festivalgoers were able to leave the desert after the Black Rock City Municipal Airport opened again on Monday for flights to other cities in the state. Flights to other states were scheduled to open on Tuesday.

Image credit: CNN

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