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Burning Man festival attendees face massive traffic jam as they leave amid rainfall

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Nevada: A drone video capturing long queues of vehicles departing from the Burning Man festival in Nevada has gone viral on social media.

The festival, known for its music, culture, and temporary self-sufficient community, experienced heavy rainfall, reportedly the most significant in its 30-year history, prompting attendees to wait before leaving the venue. The final clearance to depart was given on Monday, leading tens of thousands of people to queue up in the desert.

During the event, one person lost their life. While an investigation is ongoing, organisers have stated that the death was unrelated to the weather conditions.

Despite the downpour that transformed the Nevada desert into a muddy landscape, thousands of festival goers continued to party on Sunday, leading officials to instruct them to shelter in place temporarily. The festival's traditional closing ceremony, the burning of an effigy, was postponed until Monday evening.

Participants shared their experiences of the challenging conditions, with one dancer describing it as "a really strange experience." Although originally informed they would have to wait until Tuesday to leave, some attendees who urgently needed to depart were permitted to do so.

Burning Man, which began as a small gathering on a San Francisco beach in 1986, has evolved into a major event attended by celebrities and social media influencers. Regular tickets for the festival are priced at $575 (approximately Rs 48,000).

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