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Vladimir Putin angry as Russia forests face fire every year

Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Issued A Scolding For The Forest Fires Spreading Across Eastern Siberia, As Happens Nearly Every Year At This Time.

PTI | Updated on: 11 May 2016, 06:50:50 PM


Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a scolding for the forest fires spreading across eastern Siberia, as happens nearly every year at this time.

Putin today told officials responsible for firefighting in the affected regions that despite efforts to stop the uncontrolled burning of fields ahead of planting season, “we are unable to prevent such negative developments as we see today.”

The head of the national centre coordinating the firefighting operations, Viktor Yatsutsenko, told Putin that no one has been killed by the fires and although four villages have been damaged or destroyed, more than 70 others have been protected.

He said thousands of firefighters and dozens of aircraft are working to control the more than 116 fires burning across Siberia and the Far East.

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First Published : 11 May 2016, 06:47:00 PM