Death toll in Siberian wild­fire rises to 15

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fif­teen peo­ple died and more than 460 sought med­i­cal treat­ment af­ter wild­fires caused by warm tem­per­a­tures and high winds swept through south­ern Siberia, au­thor­i­ties said on Mon­day.

A to­tal of 468 were hurt and 77 peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized in the re­gion of Khakas­sia in south­east­ern Siberia where fires raged on Sun­day, a spokes­woman for the re­gional au­thor­i­ties said.

Of the hos­pi­tal­ized eight were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, said spokes­woman Irina Emelianova, adding that one per­son was still miss­ing.

“The tem­per­a­ture on Sun­day was 25 de­grees Cel­sius and there were also storm winds,” she told AFP.

“This com­bi­na­tion caused the fires,” she added.

“We have never had fore.”

More than 30 vil­lages have been af­fected, she added.

Au­thor­i­ties said the re­gion sus­tained “huge dam­age” as a re­sult of the blazes.

At least 700 cat­tle and some 3,000 sheep had per­ished, they said in a state­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties said they were con­cerned that the cat­tle that sur­vived

this be- had nowhere to graze now. “Tens of square kilo­me­ters of land have been burned,” said the state­ment.

The au­thor­i­ties had at first blamed the fire on farm­ers burning dry grass.

Spring and au­tumn burning of dry grass in Rus­sia reg­u­larly re­sults in mas­sive wild­fires that of­ten cause ex­ten­sive dam­age to homes and hu­man life.

Wild­fires in 2010 killed at least 60 peo­ple, de­stroyed over 3,000 homes and left Moscow shrouded in smoke. In 2012, fire de­stroyed 10 mil­lion hectares of Siberian for­est, ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal groups.

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