Amphibious aircraft Be-200 Russian Emergencies Ministry, departing to assist Serbia in fighting forest fires, landed in the city of Nis, told RIA Novosti in the Information Ministry of Emergency Situations.
"At 15.35 amphibious aircraft Be-200 landed in the city of Nis," — said the administration.
Serbian authorities appealed to the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia for more help in fighting forest fires. The decision to ask for help was taken at an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Serbia.
Firefighting amphibious aircraft Be-200 can carry up to 12 tons of water. He will stay in Serbia until September 15. The agreement was reached between the Prime Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic and Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov.
In early August, to Serbia to fight forest fires already arrived Russian Emergencies Ministry helicopter Ka-32, it is now actively helping local rescuers.
In recent weeks in the Balkans established dry weather with temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius, and sometimes higher. In Serbia over the past two days, it was noted more than 250 wildfires. The largest fire is raging in Zlatibor, a popular tourist destination. To fight the fire, there are thrown more than 100 firefighters, as well as Russian and Serbian helicopters.