Devastation from forest fires continues, temperatures set to hit 40°C
Russia’s massive forest fires now rage over 1140 square kilometres (440 square miles), according to the emergency ministry. Hundreds of thousands of workers are battling the fires, which have killed 30 people so far.
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AFP - Firefighters on Sunday fought an uphill battle against spreading forest fires that have already killed 30 people, destroyed thousands of homes and mobilised hundreds of thousands of emergency workers.
The emergency ministry said Sunday that forest fires had engulfed more than 114,000 hectares (281,700 acres) across Russia. It mobilised almost 240,000 emergency workers to fight the blazes, along with 2,000 members of the armed forces.
Fires in the sparsely populated Far Eastern region grew three times in size over the last 24 hours, with the remote Kamchatka peninsula being hardest hit, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported Sunday, citing the region's forestry department. more