I sometimes wonder at the priority of news, and have seen so little in the news about the huge fire disaster adjacent to Moscow and smog emergency in Moscow. According to Yahoo!News, there were about 700 deaths per day in the city during the worst of the heat and smog, due to respiratory and related reasons.
|The hottest summer since records began 130 years ago has sparked thousands of fires in Russia, mostly in the western part of the country, and smoke from wildfires around Moscow again clouded some parts of the Russian capital, even though firefighters have scored successes in containing the blazes.
The number of deaths recorded in Moscow had doubled to an average of 700 per day during the worst of the scorching heat and smog, city officials said.
|Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with foreign pilots on Tuesday to thank them for their help and hand out awards. Italy, France and Turkey joined former Soviet republics Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine in sending aircraft and crews, he said, while other countries contributed firefighters and equipment.
"It was particularly nice to see that when misfortune came to our house, we did not have to ask anyone for help or support," he said. "Practically all of our partners responded immediately, showing their solidarity with Russia."
Drought has cost Russia a third of its wheat crop, prompting the government to ban wheat exports through the end of the year in a move that further spiked already soaring world grain prices. The government has promised subsidies to farmers and pledged to protect domestic consumers from unjustified price hikes.