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Deadly Russian forest fires spread

Deadly Russian forest fires spread
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Authorities in Russia are still struggling to deal with raging forest fires as the country experiences one of its worst ever heatwaves.

Many of the flames have been brought under control but during the last 24 hours some 300 fresh blazes have broken out.

And with record temperatures showing no sign of abating, anger is rising among some displaced people who accuse the government of not doing enough.

A forest fire destroyed at least 13 hangars containing aircraft and equipment at a navy base outside Moscow last Thursday, Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office revealed on Tuesday.

The Prosecutor-General’s statement was the first official confirmation of the fire at the base near Kolonna, 100 km southeast of Moscow. It gave few details of the damage and a spokesman declined further comment.

The human tragedy is also becoming an economic disaster. Russia is the world’s third largest cereal exporter and the fires have pushed grain prices up to a 22-month high as crops have been torched in the heat.