Putin could cause the world’s largest fire to reach Moscow


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Moscow-Russia It’s burning.

Large scale Forest fire It wipes out entire Siberian villages, kills people, emits dangerous smoke and destroys more than 5 million hectares of forests and national parks.

Fire in Yakut in May, According to Greenpeace, it is now larger than all the wildfires on Earth combined. There is no official death toll yet, but at least five have died so far.

For several months Russian authorities I have said that the situation is controlled.Finally, on Thursday, Emergency Minister Yevgeny Zinichev traveled to the epicenter of the Yakut disaster and concluded: the fire will reach. Moscow, No one has to stop it.

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There are more than 3,000 miles between Moscow and Yakut, a republic four times as large as France, located in northeastern Siberia. It is one of the coldest places on earth in winter time. However, this summer was unusually hot, with unprecedented droughts and strong winds contributing to the disaster.

On Wednesday, a local tractor driver died in a fire fight in a burning Yakut for several weeks. Many locals blame the Kremlin for not doing enough to help the burning north. “Russia is a huge power. Every year, it exerts its military power, but it cannot extinguish the fire, or do you want to extinguish it?”, Says Saldana Avxentier, a prominent politician of Yakut. Wa said. I have written In an Instagram post on Thursday.

When Avksentyeva started Posting a photo She was convinced that the June 8 wildfire would handle the problem with a special forces of the Ministry of Emergency, known as MCHS. However, by August 1, 163 fires raged around the republic, leaving the house still burning and the animals still dead.

“Authorities seem to be just waiting for the rain in August to put out the fire. MCHS, are you alive?” She wrote. Instagram.. “All our petition to announce the emergency was unanswered.”

Meanwhile, Moscow has focused on the upcoming parliamentary elections and the persecution of opposition parties. The Yakuts had to fight the fire using only their local budget. “This is a lesson for all other Russian regions. Instead of waiting for the help of the center, rely on yourself.”

Grigory Kukshin, leader of the Greenpeace Russian firefighting team, said the government should be accused of lacking funds to manage the disaster.

“Russia spends about 30 billion rubles on fire prevention and training of local forest fire teams, but the budget should at least triple,” Kuksin told The Daily Beast Thursday.

He added: “Professional firefighters can’t appear out of nowhere. They should have been trained. Since some cities are currently suffering from smoke, the aftermath of lives lost as a result of these fires is a number. It will reach a thousand. “

Polina Pavlova, a volunteer in the devastated area of ​​Bergigeschak, posts an emergency number every day, calls volunteers and posts pictures of her smoky village accepting hundreds of evacuated victims. increase. Local governments provide assistance to pregnant women and small children whose homes have been burned by wildfires. “There is too much smoke to see the sun,” Pavlova said. Post On Facebook on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of fire-fighting aircraft in the Siberian region, but ecologists said the government was delayed.

“Currently, about 5,000 people are fighting wildfires in Yakut, of which at least 3,000 are local volunteers,” Rain TV journalist Bagdan Bakaleiko, who reports on the Yakut crisis, told The Daily Beast. “Firefighters say that everything that has never burned is now burning.”

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The entire village of Byas-Kyuel was burned down. The flames destroyed 31 homes and at least 400 people were evacuated to temporary housing. Authorities have promised to build a new home for the victims by October.Reporter from News.Yukt.ru Compare the scene of the abandoned village with the “Apocalypse”. Meanwhile, the smoke reached the capital of the Republic of Yakutsk. IQAir monitors suggest that the concentration of toxic smoke pollution in the atmosphere is 247 times higher than the recommended standard.

Several other Russian regions suffer from wildfires in the Urals, the Far East, and central Russia. Earlier this month, a wildfire broke out in a national park in the Republic of Mordovia, 352 miles from Moscow. This week, the fire reached the village of Alamasovo in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

“Until recently, the Kremlin didn’t pay much attention to wildfires, but considered the importance of climate change,” Kukshin said. “Russian authorities need to focus more on fire protection, spend more budget and train professional wood firefighters.”

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