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On Monday, Moscow health authorities announced that the number of deaths each day in the capital had nearly doubled to 700 as most of central Russia entered the seventh week of a heat wave. The high temperatures, hovering around 100 degrees, have destroyed 30% of the nation's grain crops and triggered massive peat bog and forest fires that alone have killed more than 50 people and devastated dozens of villages.
"The windows in her apartment on the sixth floor were wide open and every piece of furniture in the apartment smelled of burning" from the thick white smoke hanging in the air outside.
Originally posted by ::.mika.::
love & prayers to all russian;
what else can we do at this stage?
Originally posted by Carseller4
It's been over 100-105 in the Dallas, Texas area for the last 2 weeks. It's summertime! Drink plenty of fluids, avoid the heat of the day, take the necessary precautions. Are Russians that ignorant?
The main fear is that the fires, which are moving further south of Moscow toward the Bryansk region, could disturb and spread the contamination buried in the ground after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The canal was dug at Sarov, whose nuclear site, ringed by forest now, produced the first Soviet atomic bomb in 1949 and remains Russia's main nuclear design and production facility. The emergencies ministry said that the situation in Sarov had “stabilised”.
Foreign Officials Evacuate Russia Monitor's Jessie Heath reports, "Canadian and Polish embassies evacuate nonessential personnel from Moscow, threat of nuclear cloud from Bryansk"