*35 people have been killed
*More than 2,170 people fled their homes
*More than 1,000 homes destroyed
*Russian president, ordered the armed forces to help douse the fires on Friday, admitting that Russia was technically ill-equipped to combat the escalating crisis
*one-fifth of the country’s grain crop has been destroyed
*Compensation for each death $33,000
*Compensation for each home destroyed $100,000
*Acreage estimates are spotty, anywhere between 200,000 and 2,000,000,000
Finally in one of the weakest attempts at an excuse ever uttered by a head of state Medvedev blamed global warming for the crisis and called for “increased international efforts to prevent climate change”. Coincidently, shortly after that statement was made Putin took over implementation of the overall fire plan and response.
Sify.com confirms 35 dead including 2 firefighters.
Satellite Images from Rapidfire/NASA
Top image Western Russia, Bottom image Siberia