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Russia's devastating wildfires

Raging fires in country's west wipe out villages, killing at least 48 people.

    At least 48 people have died after hundreds of wildfires sparked by record heat waves in western Russia wiped out many forests and villages.

    Firefighters continue to battle the blazes but the mission is proving to be a massive challenge for as soon as one fire is extinguished, another is ignited.

    Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, has declared the situation "tense and dangerous", while Dmitry Medvedev, the president, cut short a holiday to hold emergency talks on the issue.

    Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from the Moscow province, where he visits a burnt down village.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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