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1.5 million hectares of forest have gone in smoke, in Siberia, northeast of Russia, where mercury records unusually hot temperatures. For several weeks, the authorities and inhabitants have been trying to extinguish the fires, which has become recurring in the last three years.
This is one of the coldest regions of the world. Yet for several weeks,ravage Siberia, , where 1.5 million hectares of forests have already gone in smoke.
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The region is experiencing abnormally high temperatures, browsing the 30 degrees, or ten times more than normals tell a journalist from. Fires are counted by hundreds in the country.
Everyday, young villagers go to the forest taiga around Terryut to try to extinguish the flames that continue to expand, wrapping this isolated village of eastern Siberia of a bitter mist, details
"For a month already, we do not see anymore Nothing through smoke ", said Varvara, a retiree 63 years of the village of Teryut, in the British newspaper. "We have already returned young children. And the fires are very close, just 2 km from our village.
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These extraordinary forest fires release a stifling smog in the Russian Yakoutie region, where the authorities have described the climate of this summer as the driest over the last 150 years. And this after five years of hot summers who, according to the villagers, turned the forests and the surrounding fields into powder.
The inhabitants of Iakutsk are worried about their health. The stifling smog has been plane for days on the city of more than 280,000 inhabitants, where residents have been warned to stay at home.
Many people contacted bysent iQAir screenshots, an application on air quality. The concentration of pollutants in the air of downtown Iakutsk is so high that it is accompanied by an icon representing a man carrying a gas mask and the description "danger of death" .
The Russian authorities, who deploy air means to fight against the flames, fear an acceleration of the thaw, which could have the quantities of greenhouse gases, can we read in.
This unique situation reflects the devastating effects of climate change.
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