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Russian transport planes dump over 250 tonnes of water on blazing forests

May 01, 2013, 19:18 UTC+3
Defence Ministry ordered redeployment of eight military transport planes from Orenburg, Taganrog and Pskov to the Far East and Siberia
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MOSCOW, May 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russian military transport planes have dumped over 250 tonnes of water on blazing forests in the Far Eastern Amur region.

Il-76 have made six flights to pour water over hotbeds of fire in Amur Region and dumped over 250 tonnes of water, the Defence Ministry press service said.

On April 30, Defence Ministry Sergei Shoigu ordered redeployment of eight military transport planes from Orenburg, Taganrog and Pskov to the Far East and Siberia. All planes are equipped to fire forest fires.

“These planes will be used for monitoring the fire situation and extinguishing fires in the Siberian, Trans-Baikal and Far Eastern regions,” the press service said.

 

 

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