Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Siberian farmers lose $11.9 million due to fires (Russia’s agriculture ministry)

The farmers have lost more than 600 million rubles ($11.9 million) due to wildfires in the Siberian federal district, according to the preliminary assessment of Russia’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday.

"The overall damage is more than 600 million rubles for farmers," Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fedorov told reporters. Fedorov said this assessment is made as of April 14, adding that the ministry monitors the situation in the regions hit by fires on a daily basis.

In the Republic of Khakassia and other regions of the Siberian federal district, the wildfires killed some 1,200 cattle, 8,000 sheep and several hundred pigs and poultry, Fedorov said.

The acting agriculture minister of Khakassia, Sergey Trufanov, said earlier on Wednesday that the damages of the regional agro-industrial complex exceed 600 million rubles. The fires destroyed livestock facilities and storages worth some 245 million rubles ($4.8 million), he added.

The fires were started in the southeast Siberian region when the farmers began burning the grass in their fields. They spread quickly on April 12 because of strong winds up to 25 meters per second.

The regional government said on Wednesday the fires raging in Khakassia have left 25 people dead and damaged 1,328 private houses across 33 settlements. More than 1,000 people have sought medical assistance. At least four local citizens have gone missing. A source in the republic’s government said up to 29 people might have been killed by fires.

Khakassia’s senator in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Petrenko, said 6,000 people have been left homeless following the fires.

  • A state of emergency has been declared in the region and is due to continue until May 20. 
  • The republic’s government said on Wednesday power supplies have been restored in all the settlements of Khakassia, adding that the effort took around one and a half days.

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  1. At least 34 killed in wildfires in southern Siberia — Russian emergency situations minister...

    At least 34 people have been killed, and more than 7,500 people have been affected in large-scale wildfires in southern Siberia as of Tuesday, Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov said at a session in Khakassia chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

    He said the situation had been triggered by "abnormal weather changes as well as unsanctioned agricultural burning and trash burning at private households". The most affected are the republic of Khakassia, the Krasnoyarsk and Trans-Baikal regions.

    As a result, residential buildings, agricultural facilities, as well as facilities of social infrastructure, power economy and communications were affected, he said.

    The minister said more than 1,400 people had sought medical aid, and 77 people had been hospitalized, four of them airlifted to Moscow clinics. "Their condition is stably grave, but is under control," Puchkov said.


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