Drought, heat, winds- Russia goes up in flames again

May 24, 2011MOSCOW — Russia has reported 421 wildfires burning in forests and peat bogs over the past 24 hours, covering an area of 116,098 hectares (450 sq miles). The fires were mainly confined to remote parts of Siberia and the Urals, with no blazes reported near Moscow and other central Russian cities. But the area on fire is twice the size of that for the same period last year. Drought, fires and smog left dozens dead and ruined crops in 2010, and there are fears of a repeat disaster. The emergencies ministry said in a report on its website that the biggest fires were in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), the Amur region and the Krasnoyarsk territory. More than 6,000 personnel equipped with more than 1,140 units of fire-fighting equipment were deployed against the fires, backed by 42 aircraft. Of the 421 fires reported on Monday, 241 were extinguished, the ministry said. Western Russia, the centre of the country’s grain production, remains largely unaffected by fire, but officials say the situation may deteriorate if dry weather persists. Russia’s official forecast for this year’s wheat crop is 85-90m tonnes compared to some 61m in 2010, 97m in 2009 and 108m in 2008. Meanwhile, drought conditions have been hitting grain crops in northern Europe, with some forecasters predicting above-average temperatures for the summer months. –BBC
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3 Responses to Drought, heat, winds- Russia goes up in flames again

  1. Kim says:

    That is a lot of wildfires and a lot of destroyed crops. I wonder how many crops have now been destroyed around the world because of all the severe weather we’ve had. I bet it’s staggering.

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  2. goodbyemilkyway says:

    I have been wondering the same thing over the past 3 weeks-month..seems more, increasing number of crops..water /fire damage..all around the globe. The cashier looked at me odd when I bought 4x10kg bags of flour last weekend at 7dollars each…
    Next pay shall be buying more rice/oats/flour..I suggest you do the same, if you havn’t already.

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  3. Virginia Helies (Gen) says:

    Yes Goodbyemilkway I stocked up on rice the other week when it was 5kg for $5 and then went down to 5kg for $4. Also canned peas, corn, asparagus, tomatoes and fruit for $1 can. Should have bought a lot more than I did. The cashier looked at me funny too and said you must eat the same thing all the time. I said it is worth stocking up when it is cheaper especially with all the uncertainty in the world.

    I feel for the people who were flooded and no doubt lost any food they had stored.

    With all these tornadoes in the US as well I think Alvin is spot on when he said that in order to survive people will have to move around. Need to have a very good plan in place as well as being prepared.

    I have a good stock of herbs and spices also as they are packed full of nutrition.

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