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Russia is still burning, death toll: 48

Russia is currently suffering its worst heat wave on record, igniting forest fires across central and western regions.

According to Russian officials, there are about 300 to 400 new wildfires appearing every 24 hours across the country, challenging the capacity of thousands of mobilized forces to deal with the disaster.

A state of emergency is still in force in seven regions of Russia, where 425,762 acres have been affected, wiping out scores of villages and leaving hundreds homeless.
Although the official word is that the blazes are being contained, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying some of the fires are out of control.

Full report here.