Forests ablaze in Siberia

A satellite image of wildfires burning in Yakutia in Russia's eastern Siberia yesterday, in this handout photograph made available by the Russian state corporation for space activities, Roscosmos. Wildfires in Siberia have spread over three million h
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A satellite image of wildfires burning in Yakutia in Russia's eastern Siberia yesterday, in this handout photograph made available by the Russian state corporation for space activities, Roscosmos. Wildfires in Siberia have spread over three million hectares, the authorities said. The Russian government has declared an emergency and mobilised the military to join firefighting efforts to contain the fires even as they razed Siberian forests.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Forests ablaze in Siberia'. Print Edition | Subscribe