The forest fire disaster in Russia is spreading out ominously: On Sunday, the Federal Agency for the Protection of the Forests reported practically 252 fires on an overall location of 4.4 million hectares.
This is once again more than the day previously. According to the report, more than 8,000 assistants are in action to combat the flames, while 14 firefighting aircrafts are supplying assistance from the air.
The circumstance is still worst in the republic of Yakutia in easternSiberia According to the forestry security firm, a location of 4.2 million hectares is presently burning there alone.
Most just recently, the variety of firefighting groups there was enormously increased on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.
According to the Yakutia authorities, 4,900 forces were on the ground onSunday They wish to avoid the flames from infecting a minimum of 9 towns.
Many fires lie far from towns and towns, and are for that reason not snuffed out. Nevertheless, they threaten for individuals: The smoke, which is hazardous to health, has actually currently taken a trip countless kilometres to the west and south.
The regional news siteYakutia details reported that the optimum allowable concentration of hazardous compounds in the air had actually just recently been surpassed in Yakutia.
Measurements in the city of Yakutsk, for instance, revealed high levels of carbon monoxide gas.
People were hired to use masks outdoors, which ought to be dampened in advance. Pictures from the city revealed smoky streets. The sun might no longer be seen in locations.
While emergency situation employees in the forest-fire locations are wishing for rain, other locations of Russia have excessive of it.
After heavy rains in the south, there was flooding in towns and towns along the Black Sea coast and on the Crimean peninsula over the weekend.
Areas in southern Siberia and the fareast were likewise impacted. Thousands of individuals were momentarily given security.