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Wildfires blaze just outside Moscow

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Wildfires blaze just outside Moscow


Wildfires raging across central and eastern Russia have now reached residential areas just 12 kilometres from Moscow.

Thousands of volunteers are helping overstretched emergency fire fighters to battle the flames

At least 28 people have died in the past few days and more than 5,000 have had to be evacuated as fires erupted after some of the hottest weather since records began.

The worst hit region has been round Voronezh which lies about 450 kilometres south of the capital.

In one small village half of all homes were reduced to ashes. Stunned locals could only sift through the wreckage.

All over Russia religious ceremonies have been held for the victims. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill prayed for rain after temperatures topped 38 degrees Celsius.

Central Russia has been suffering though a severe drought since June. Much of this year’s harvest which was already in trouble, now appears to have been finished off by the fires.

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