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BARNAUL, September 14 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Altai Territory has estimated its damage from wildfires hitting territories adjacent to Kazakhstan at 80 billion roubles over the past 15 years, the region’s administration told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
Reactions to emergencies will top the agenda of the Russian-Kazakh interregional cooperation forum that will open in Astrakhan on September 15 and will bring together the heads of state. Taking part in the forum will be also Altai Territory governor Alexander Karlin.
According to the region’s administration this issue is very pressing for Altai, as 11 municipal districts are located on the border with Kazakhstan.
In the period form 1996 to 2010, eleven wildfires spread from Kazakhstan to the Altai Territory. Over the past 15 years the transborder territory hit by wildfires reached 28,000 hectares.
The strongest wildfire occurred on September 8, 2010. It destroyed 239 houses and 12,000 hectares of planted forests.