Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Reuters-Thousands Feared Dead From Moscow's Heat Wave

Moscow's Red Square choked in fog: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
(Story reported by Dmitry Solovyov for Reuters News)

(Reuters) - Several thousand Muscovites are thought to have died in July alone from this year's unprecedented heatwave and August could add more fatalities, a Russian scientist said on Tuesday.

Moscow, a metropolis of over 10 million people, has suffered intense heat since late June, with day temperatures sometimes nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

The crisis shriveled a third of Russia's grain crop, shaved billions off this year's economic growth and killed at least 54 people in wildfires. The heat subsided on Tuesday.

Citing a report by the Moscow Registry Office, Boris Revich, a senior demography and ecology researcher at Russia's Academy of Sciences, said 5,840 more Muscovites had died in July than in the same month last year.

(click here to read the full story on the Reuters News website)

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