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All wildfires put out in Trans-Baikal region

May 31, 2012, 11:11 UTC+3
Over the past 24 hours two earlier localized fires engulfing an area of 105 hectares
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ULAN-UDE, May 31 (Itar-Tass) — All wildfires have been put out by Thursday in Russia’s Trans-Baikal region, sources from the emergencies ministry’s main regional department told Tass.

“Over the past 24 hours two earlier localized fires engulfing an area of 105 hectares have been put out in the Krasny Chikoi and Aksha districts of the region. Fifty-four people assisted by ten units of hardware took part in firefighting efforts, the sources said.

This is the second respite for firemen since the beginning of May. The Trans-Baikal region has been hit by a cold cyclone over the past few days, and the cyclone has helped to normalize the fire situation. On Monday, the regional administration lifted the fire emergency regime imposed in the region on March 26 amid forest and steppe fires.

In case of a new fire danger municipalities can impose this regime on their own. June is usually dry and hot in the region.

A total of 750 wildfires on an area of 390,000 hectares have been registered in the region this year. Three settlements were hit from April 12 to 20. Twelve residential buildings were burned down in the settlement of Bayan-Bulak, where 65 people remained without shelter.

Four houses were burned down in the settlement of Verkhny Tsasuchei, where 26 people remained without shelter. Another eight houses were destroyed by blaze in the settlement of Vassilyevsky Khutor, and 29 people were left without their homes.

Over three million roubles have been raised as charity aid to local residents. Besides, the regional government has allocated 1.2 million roubles. Ravil Geniatulin also instructed the regional finance ministry to allocate subsidies in the amount of 30 percent of the sum needed to build new houses. The total amount of finance needed for restoration work amounts to 67.7 million roubles. Work has already started.

 

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