Fires in Buryatia spread by more than 1.5 times over past 24 hours

Area of wildfires in Buryatia increased to 40.4 hectares over the past day, i.e. by more than 1.5 times compared to that as of Tuesday.

This was stated by press secretary of the regional forestry agency Alexandra Yegorova, Censor.NET reports citing RIA Novosti.

"As of the morning of April 22, 12 fire points of origin have been registered in the total area of 40.4 hectares. New fires occurred in Tunkinsky national park, Kabansk, Zaigraevsk, Selenginsky, Khorinsk, Ivolginsk districts. Attempts to extinguish fires in Kizhinginsk and Tarbagataisk districts continue," Egorova said.

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Wildfires have been raging in Siberia and in the Trans-Baikal region over the course of recent days, spreading to several dozen villages. In Khakassia region the fire has engulfed nearly 40 towns and villages. About 5,000 people have been left homeless. According to recent reports, 34 people died as a result of the fires. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened five criminal cases in regard to fires in Khakassia. Restoration work is underway.

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