Eight Russians die in forest fires

Eight people have been killed by forest fires which have raged for two days in Russia's Kurgan region in the eastern Urals.

    Firefighters have battled a blaze that leaves over 1000 homeless

    The toll included seven victims in the town of Chashinsk, according to official figures published by the Interfax news agency on Sunday. 
     
    A dozen fires in the region have destroyed more than 5000 hectares of forest since Friday, Interfax reported.

    Some 400 homes have been set ablaze, leaving more than 1000 people without a roof over their heads. They have been temporarily lodged in hotels in the region. 

    More than 1500 firefighters, aided by planes and helicopters, are fighting the fires, but high winds and high temperatures (around 40C) in west Siberia were hampering their efforts. 

    A special firefighting plane was to arrive from Moscow on Sunday along with 320 emergency workers from neighbouring areas.

    Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoy told Interfax "the forest fire was started intentionally".

    A criminal investigation is under way.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.