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Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has declared a state of emergency in seven provinces and ordered authorities to guard weapons storage facilities from wildfires. The blazes have killed at least 40 people.
Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, said, "This is a great tragedy. The state understands its responsibilities. I gave orders to the government and the regional authorities to allocate financial aid to each person who was affected by fires."
Medvedev's emergency decree, covers regions in the south to several Volga River areas and a densely populated province surrounding Moscow.
Thousands have lost their homes to blazes stoked by Russia's worst heatwave since records began 130 years ago. The heat, parched crops, in one of the world's largest grain exporting nations, helping drive global prices to 22-month highs.