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Forest fires burning in Russia

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Several regions in Russia are experiencing forest and peat fires.

The Emergencies Ministry has confirmed that forest fires in Russian regions have burnt down over 2,200 houses and killed at least 28 people.

The Emergencies Ministry reports that the situation is worst in Ural, Privolzhsky (regions affected are Nizhny Novgorod and Mordovia and Tatarstan) and Central Russia due to the high temperatures and dry, windy weather. Regions most badly affected are: Moscow, Voronezh, Ryazan, Vladimir and Ivanovo.

Moscow also continues to be affected by smoke from peat fires.

Travellers should monitor local media reports and the Foreign Office travel advice for the Russian Federation for further updates.