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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Fatal heatwave conditons affect Russia

Central Russia has been experiencing the highest temperatures in 130 years. Leading to drought, crop failure and chocking smog in Moscow.

At least 23 people are now reported to have died in forest fires which are raging in central Russia as a heatwave grips much of the country.

More than 2,000 people have been left homeless and President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the armed forces to help fight the flames.

For more information, maps and photos, visit the BBC News webpage on the heatwave here

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