Area fires in Russia is 20% higher than a year ago, Medvedev said

Area fires in Russia by 20% compared to last year, the situation in the 11 regions of an emergency, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"Already in the 11 regions of the situation with forest fires can be called an emergency, there is, unfortunately, suffered and even died," — said Medvedev at the meeting via video conference on the situation in a number of regions associated with abnormally high temperatures.

He reiterated the governors of the fact that all the necessary assistance should be provided without delay and in accordance with existing regulations.

"This year, in some regions of fire season arrived two weeks earlier than usual, the area fire now 20% higher than last year's figures," — said the prime minister.

Prime Minister drew the meeting's attention to the fact that it is not just about putting out the fire, but also the health of people who suffer from a natural anomaly.

He asked to report how to implement drought and forest fire measures and how the system of crop insurance. Medvedev added that it is important to pay attention to factors such as temperature in hospitals and public transport.

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