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108 people injured in fires in south Siberia, around 950 houses damaged - source

April 12, 2015, 20:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Strategic objects were not affected by the fires in Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk Krai

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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. A total of 108 people have suffered in the fire that swept residential dwellings in the Republic of Khakassia in south Siberia, a regional medical emergencies center told TASS on Sunday.

"According to latest reports, 108 people were injured. Fifty-one of them were hospitalized, while 57 received ambulatory treatment," the center said.

"According to different estimates, four or five people have died in the fire," the center said, adding that the data is being verified.

Around 950 residential houses have been damaged in the fire, the center for disaster management told TASS. "The exact number of affected houses is being clarified as fires have not yet been localized in all settlements. According to preliminary reports, fires damaged 943 houses," the center said.

Strategic objects were not affected by the fires in Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. "The fires have not affected strategic objects and socially important objects," the ministry said.

Fires in south Siberia

The fire broke out as a result of unauthorized dry grass burning after the winter season, local law-enforcement agencies said earlier on Sunday.

The Khakassia authorities have introduced an emergency regime in the republic. Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov gave instructions on Sunday to introduce a special fire prevention regime in Siberia after fire swept residential buildings in the Republic of Khakassia.

A weather forecast is unfavorable for a whole number of Russian regions as warm and dry weather is setting not only in south Siberia but also in the Far East, the Volga and Urals areas and in Central Russia, the emergencies minister said. "People begin to burn grass on their plots and fire spreads to agricultural land and pastures are burnt," he noted.

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