Apr 13, 2015

Siberia wildfires kill 15 as thousands of Russians flee

Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai
Russia
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BBC News
High winds spread the flames quickly across much of the Khakassia region. Image: EPA
High winds spread the flames quickly across much of the Khakassia region. Image: EPA

Wildfires have killed at least 15 people and injured about 400 in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, Russian media report. Officials say the fires, fuelled by high winds and dry weather, destroyed 1,200 houses in 30 towns and villages.