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Russian fires continue to burn

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Russian fires continue to burn


Large parts of Russia remain ablaze as hundreds of wildfires continue to burn across the country.

The disaster has left 54 people dead, according to official figures.

In the region of Sverdlovsk, several homes were destroyed as the flames engulfed entire villages.

Many of the fires have been concentrated outside the capital of Moscow, leaving the city shrouded in acrid smog.

But cooler weather and overnight rains brought the city some long-awaited respite on Friday.

The change in temperature and strong winds means pollution levels have dropped below the dangerously toxic highs from the past week.

Weather forecasters warn, however, that the sweltering heat could return later this weekend with temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius expected.

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