NOVOSIBIRSK: At least eight people died in Siberia on Saturday as fires tore through hundreds of buildings in several villages, with high winds hampering efforts to put out the blazes.
In the Krasnoyarsk region, about 3,000 km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, fires killed five people in 16 settlements in Kazachinskoe and Sharypovsky districts, the local branch of the investigative commission said. Russian in a press release, leading him to launch criminal proceedings for having caused death by negligence. The local health ministry said 17 people were injured, 11 of whom were taken to hospital, TASS news agency reported.
The Federal Forestry Agency said shorts in power lines caused 350 homes to burn and high winds exacerbated the situation, TASS said.
“The planes cannot be used to fight fires due to the strong wind load,” Krasnoyarsk’s emergency service said on its Telegram channel.
He posted video footage showing the sky darkened by smoke, with rescuers buffeted by strong gusts as they tackled a number of fires in rural areas with mostly wooden buildings. Russia’s Aerial Forest Protection Service later released footage of fires in forested areas, all of which it said were quickly brought under control. The investigative commission also reported fires in the neighboring region of Khakassia.