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05.08.2010, 10.37


The number of fires in Russia grow, death toll reaches 50


MOSCOW, August 5 (Itar-Tass) - The number of natural fires raging in Russia is growing. The death toll has reached 50, the information department of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry /EMERCOM/ said on Thursday.

“A dead body was found as the houses burned down late last week were cleared in the Nizhny Novgorod Region,” the source said. “A patient died in a hospital in the Voronezh Region, thus the death toll has reached 50.”

“No more houses were burned over the past day,” the source said.

There are 843 fires, including 47 fires in peat fields, the ministry said.

“Over the past day, 373 new fires emerged, and 254 were extinguished, thus there are still 589 fires in Russia which occupy 196,000 hectares.”

The number of fires grew by 69, and the surface of fires grew by 7,000 hectares against August 4, the source said.

About every second fire /291/ at 71,000 hectares is localised.

At the same time, over the past day 15 new peat fires emerged, and as of Thursday there are still 41 peat fires in Russia – seven in the Sverdlovsk Region, 29 – in the Moscow Region, two – in Udmurtia, and one in the Ivanovo, Kostroma and Kaluga regions each.

There are almost 162,000 firemen and over 26,000 vehicles fighting the fires, EMERCOM said. Over 20 helicopters and jets extinguish fires.



Moscow again blanketed in thick smog from peat fires


05.08.2010, 00.07



View of Borodinsky bridge across the Moskva River with the Russian Foreign Ministry building (C) in the background. Moscow is again blanketed in thick smog from countryside peat fires fuelled by a record heatwave. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Alexei Filippov)

Cars pass through the intersection at Moscow's Third Ring Road. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Stanislav Krasilnikov)

View of a metro bridge across the River Moskva with the Moscow White House, the seat of the Russian government, in the background. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Alexei Filippov)

Woman wearing a face mask walks outside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Stanislav Krasilnikov)




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