Deaths in new Russia wildfires, homes destroyed

A new wave of wildfires swept through villages in southern Russia.

Deaths in new Russia wildfires, homes destroyed

Wildfires swept through villages in southern Russia on Friday killing at least six people and destroying more than 400 homes, the Emergencies Ministry said.

Fires driven by high winds destroyed more than 500 buildings in Volgograd and Saratov provinces, including at least 400 homes, Emergencies Ministry spokesman Ivan Abakumov told Reuters.

"All the fires are now under control," he said.

The blazes in the provinces on the Volga River southeast of Moscow followed wildfires that killed at least 54 in central Russia in July and August during Russia's worst heat wave ever recorded.

Television pictures showed smoke rising from the blackened ruins of a village of wooden houses in the Volgograd region, where 20 population centres were affected.

More than 2,500 people and at least five planes were involved in fighting the fires, the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised 1 billion roubles ($34.35 million) to each of the stricken regions to re-house those who lost their homes.

Reuters

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Syed Suhail Khalid
Syed Suhail Khalid - 10 yıl Before

Russia must use to cloud seeding technique before it is too late, to douse these new fires.