Thursday, August 17, 2017

Environmental officials warn of wildfire risk in Urals, Siberia

Last week, the Russian Center for Hydrometerology and Environment Monitoring issued a statement warning of increased risks of wildfires in many parts of the Urals, Siberia and southern Russia.

The statement indicated that risks of wildfires are especially high in Kalmykia and the southern districts of the Chelyabinsk region, ITAR-TASS reports.

Wildfires were initially predicted to appear last week in the Tomsk and Irkutsk regions of Siberia, as well as in the Altai and Krasnoyarsk territories.

Later, authorities included the region of Tuba and the trans-Baikal constituent republic of Buryatia in the list of danger zones, according to ITAR-TASS.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall is predicted for the region of Komi and other portions of Buryatia, as well as in Kraelia, Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Novogorod, Pskov, Tver and Irkutsk regions.

Heavy rains are also expected in various pockets of North Caucasus and in the mountainous and sub-mountainous areas of the Stavropol territory, central and southern Krasnoyarsk and the northwest of Yakutia, ITAR-TASS reports.

Weather officials warned that the rainy areas of Russia may also anticipate hail and thunderstorms as well as heavy water precipitation.