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Wildfires cost Russia 400 million U.S. dollars

08-20-2010 10:33 BJT Special Report:Forest Fires Ravage Russia |

MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Wildfires raging in Russia this summer caused about 12 billion rubles (about 400 million U.S. dollars) worth of damage, local media reported on Thursday.

A firefighter attempts to extinguish fire outside the town of Shatura, some 110 km southeast of Moscow, August 12, 2010.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
A firefighter attempts to extinguish fire outside the town of Shatura, some 110 km 
southeast of Moscow, August 12, 2010.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"The costs of putting out fires coupled with funding for house construction and expenses for fuel are currently estimated at 12 billion rubles," Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying.

The poor warning system, poor exploration and lack of technical equipment led to the fast-spreading fires, Shoigu said.

Rescuers and firefighters managed to save 4,000 residential areas from fires, he added.

"There was one day when we evacuated up to 7,000 people," the minister recalled.

The fires in 22 Russian regions left over 3,500 people homeless.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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