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Russia: Rescuers put out wildfires in Nizhny Novgorod region04:32

Russia: Rescuers put out wildfires in Nizhny Novgorod region

Russian Federation, Kuzmiyar village, Nizhny Novgorod region
August 24, 2022 at 20:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Emergencies Ministry employees were seen extinguishing forest fires in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

Footage filmed on Wednesday features fire crews fetching water from reservoirs with helicopters and fire trucks, and using it to put out the wildfires.

According to the Head of the EMERCOM’s Regional Department Valery Sinkov, the fire, which covered an area of 6,500 hectares in the Vorotynsky district of Mikhailovsky forest, was localised with the help of more than 800 people and 150 units of equipment.

"They are also working inside the fire area, in places where there is intensive burning or small sources of ignition to preserve the forest as much as possible," he added.

According to Sinkov, more than 1,000 tons of water have been dropped over the flames in the last three days.

At the same time, residents of the village of Kuzmiyar in Vorotynsky shared their fears about the wildfires.

Faina Zuyeva said she could not open the windows for several days because of the heavy smoke.

"Nearby houses were not even visible," the woman added.

Another local, Lyudmila Lukoyanova, said that she was afraid for her home, but was not going to leave her house or her pets.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the country’s prime minister, deputy prime minister and the mayor of Moscow to visit the affected regions.

Russia: Rescuers put out wildfires in Nizhny Novgorod region04:32
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Russian Emergencies Ministry employees were seen extinguishing forest fires in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

Footage filmed on Wednesday features fire crews fetching water from reservoirs with helicopters and fire trucks, and using it to put out the wildfires.

According to the Head of the EMERCOM’s Regional Department Valery Sinkov, the fire, which covered an area of 6,500 hectares in the Vorotynsky district of Mikhailovsky forest, was localised with the help of more than 800 people and 150 units of equipment.

"They are also working inside the fire area, in places where there is intensive burning or small sources of ignition to preserve the forest as much as possible," he added.

According to Sinkov, more than 1,000 tons of water have been dropped over the flames in the last three days.

At the same time, residents of the village of Kuzmiyar in Vorotynsky shared their fears about the wildfires.

Faina Zuyeva said she could not open the windows for several days because of the heavy smoke.

"Nearby houses were not even visible," the woman added.

Another local, Lyudmila Lukoyanova, said that she was afraid for her home, but was not going to leave her house or her pets.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the country’s prime minister, deputy prime minister and the mayor of Moscow to visit the affected regions.