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Major fires in Siberia force residents to stay indoors

Major fires in Siberia force residents to stay indoors

All villages in Sacha, Russia’s largest sub-republic in northeastern Siberia, 300 km from Moscow, have been burned. Many areas are covered in yellow smoke, which, according to NASA satellite images, must have reached the North Pole. NASA says Much of Russia is covered in smoke.

The wildfire that is spreading in Siberia is expected to be larger this summer than it is currently spreading in Greece, Turkey, Canada and the United States together.

The forest is on fire The spring already arose as a result of the intense heat and drought that researchers linked to climate change.

Volunteers fight the fire in Siberia.

Photo: Ivan Nikiforov

According to the AP, Siberia has been experiencing a dry summer for 150 years now and more than 5,000 people are working to put out the fire.

A total of 986,000 hectares are on fire in Russia.

According to the European Union’s environmental watchdog Copernicus, more than 505 million tons of fire have been reported in Siberia. Are equivalent to carbon dioxide Since the beginning of June. This has resulted in carbon dioxide emissions as high as the UK emits throughout 2019.

This year is the fire season Not over yet, but this summer has already surpassed last year’s record.

In the Yakutia region, most wildfires take place – with emergency permits in many districts for more than a month.

Local officials say they have only a handful of staff and equipment needed to prevent the spread.

Local officials say they have only a handful of staff and equipment needed to prevent the spread.

Photo: Alexei Vasiliev

Local officials say they have only a handful of staff and equipment needed to prevent the spread. So, in Yakudia, residents were asked to stay home from work on Fridays because of the health risks posed by smoking.

– Smoke from fire has a very negative effect on human health. To mitigate these effects I decided today that residents in eleven municipalities will be given a day off, Sacha leader Eisen Nikolaev announcedGerman news agency RIA Novosti Thursday.

Depart from Yakutia Airport was also canceled or severely delayed due to poor visibility due to smoke.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered reinforcements earlier this week and sent the Russian Federation’s disaster ministry to Yakutia.

Read more: 211 wildfires in Russia

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