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Forest fires have flared up again in Russia, this time in the south, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes.

At least five people have died as a result of the fires, which have been fanned by strong winds.

Residents did what they could to beat back the flames – but in many cases, it was useless.

20 villages in the region of Volgograd have been affected so far. Temperatures here have topped 40 degrees celsius in recent days.

The Kremlin has reportedly ordered local authorities to mobilise all means to fight the fires.

Flames ravaged around a million hectares in central Russia this summer, destroying entire villages and leaving more than 50 people dead.

Daylight, and the full extent of the devastation here becomes evident.

This is a local disaster with potentially global consequences.

Officials now say Russia’s embargo on the export of wheat will not be lifted before next year’s harvest.

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