Aug 9, 2010

Wildfires turn Russia red: 700 die a day in Moscow as deadly smog doubles mortality rate

Likino-Dulyovo, Moscow Oblast
Korovino, Smolenskaya oblast'
Russia
by
Will Stewart
,
Daily Mail
A Nasa image shows hotspots (in red) in the vast country caused by out-of-control wildfires. There are at least 550 separate blazes nationwide
A Nasa image shows hotspots (in red) in the vast country caused by out-of-control wildfires. There are at least 550 separate blazes nationwide

Deaths in Moscow have hit 700 a day as the Russian capital is engulfed by poisonous smog from wildfires and a heatwave. Health chiefs in the city say the normal daily death toll of 350 has doubled since Moscow was smothered by acrid smoke...Daily highs have reached up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), compared to the summer average of 75 (24 C), and according to the forecast, there will be no respite this week. At least 52 people have died directly in the wildfires and over 2,000 homes have been destroyed.