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Russia has declared a state of emergency in Moscow and 13 other regions of the country.
The news agency Agence France-Presse reported Sunday that the dense smog has obscured landmarks such as the Kremlin towers and various city skyscrapers.
Numerous flights have also been delayed and Russian officials have scrambled to ensure the country's main nuclear research facility wouldn't be affected by the flames
Moscow doctor: ''Corpses are piled standing in basement, refrigerators are full''
Publication time: 8 August 2010, 14:40
A Moscow doctor testified in his diary about mass death of Russians in Moscow. She writes:
"All windows are open in the building; smoke is in corridors, wards, operating rooms, procedure rooms, dressings, toilets and mostly in the staffrooms - the same smoke as in the street. Windows are closed in the intensive care unit, but fumes are diminished by that, but there is a stench from bandages and defecation rotting at 40 degrees centigrade.
17 patients died in the hospital over the past day. 16 were dead a day before. 65 corpses for the past day were brought in the hospital morgue this morning - plus our "non-judicial bodies" from nearby houses. Corpses are piled in the basement in a standing position, refrigerators are already full.
Ambulances deliver a lot of aged patients with heat stroke. Under threat of dismissal, ambulance doctors are forbidden to diagnosis "heat stroke, overheating" (because we have no hot weather in our city, everything is fine).
We, too, do not make such diagnosis - we do not want to be fired, we have families and there would be nothing to feed them in that case, and we cannot do anything else but to heal the sick.
If a state of emergency is proclaimed, the medical personnel on duty is paid a double salary, but there will not be a state of emergency proclaims in our city, we are fine - and, in addition, Russia could suddenly go broke. The situation is similar in all Moscow hospitals. Except in the Central Clinical Hospital for VIPs. The distance to the Kremlin from our hospital in a straight line is at most 10 km.
Horror is happening on the territory of the hospital. I can not see the Ward # 1 from my post. There is literally nothing to breathe. The smoke is in the operating rooms. There is only one air-conditioner in the staffroom, but it began leaking the smoke. Bed-sheets on windows and fixing joints with medical plasters do not help.
Almost everybody died in the intensive care unit during the last day. In general, I understand the dead and even envy them - there are refrigerators in the morgue, but there is not enough space there, and we sadly joked this morning, asking a doctor on duty, who had come to the autopsy - "Do you still have anybody alive in your unit?".
The smoke in wards is similar to that in the street, but there are no air conditioners in the wards. If you put a healthy person for a night under the smoke, he will hardly survive by the morning, not to mention the patients.
Originally posted by ghostsoldier
reply to post by gem_man
I knew fire was threatening a "secret nuclear facility", are you saying that one has actually burnt down?!!? As well as a bio-weapon facility... Far out.
One would hope that a secret nuclear facility would be built out of something more substantial than wood for gods sake...surely it is at least concrete and underground???
Wild and peat fires continued to spread in Russia Thursday, after the flames destroyed military facilities and caused the government to remove nuclear material from a threatened reactor.
The nuclear material was evacuated from the Sarov nuclear site in Nizhny Novgorod region, the BBC reports. At Sarov, founded after World War II, the Russian nuclear weapons program was developed, and the site is still an important nuclear research center. The radioactive material was removed in a precautionary measure due to fires creeping toward the site but officials said that Sarov hasn't been damaged.
Originally posted by antar
Live video feeds? I will keep looking but here is one video report.
And it could get much worse: Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu warned Friday that the fires in the Bryansk region might send into the air radioactive contamination locked in soil devastated by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident of 1986.
"If a fire appears there, the radioactive particles could fly away with the smoke and a new polluted area could appear," he said.
Moscow region is leading in the number of wildfires registered
during the past day on the territory of the Central region; 130
hotbeds of fire were registered there.
227 wildfires are registered in just one day in the central federal
district, in particularly, 9 fires were registered in Ryazan region.
The total area of fires in the region amounts to 1,138 thousand hectares.
Meanwhile, as a result of prayers for rain, which were
organized by the KGB government-controlled "Russian orthodox
church" (ROC) , a weird infernal greenish fireball has almost burnt
down the residence of the ringleader of this "church", a KGB criminal
general Gundyayev (AKA, "Mikhailov", AKA, "Moscow patriarch",