Deadly Forest Fires Ravage Eastern Russia, Claiming Lives of 21 Individuals.
The death toll from wildfires in Russia has risen to at least 21, according to media reports.
Fires destroyed more than 40 homes in the Kurgan region of Siberia, and several villages had to be evacuated. At least 21 people were killed and 14 injured, the Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing a health worker.
“The death toll may rise,” the worker told Tass.
In the Tyumen region, also in Siberia, a man died on Monday while trying to fight an approaching fire.
The RIA Novosti news agency reported that the fire destroyed at least 20 homes, according to official figures.
Russia faced increasingly ferocious forests and wildfires during the summer fire season.
Experts have warned for years that climate change will exacerbate such disasters.
In the past year, there have also been isolated reports that there was a shortage of rescue workers in some bushfire areas due to the number of people sent to fight in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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