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At least 15 people killed and hundreds injured as fire ravages Siberia

Published 13/04/2015 | 08:56

A man looks out from a manhole in the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in Khakassia region
A man looks out from a manhole in the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in Khakassia region
Local resident Mikhail Kychakov, who was injured while saving his mother from a burning house, stands amidst debris of a building in the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in Khakassia region
A man looks downhill at the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in Khakassia region
Local resident Gennady Simonov smokes near his burnt garage, with a BMW car inside, in the settlement of Shyra
Family members walk away while passing the debris of destroyed buildings in the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in Khakassia region

At least 15 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured by out-of-control agricultural fires in Siberia, Russian authorities have said.

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More than 1,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the fires, which were started by farmers burning grass in their fields but spread quickly because of strong winds.

The health ministry in Khakassia, a region in south-eastern Siberia, said 15 people including a child have been confirmed dead and 393 people injured.

Emergency officials said they have put out the fires in all 38 villages in the area with the help of aircraft and 6,000 firefighters.

The region's chief, Viktor Zimin, said in televised remarks that it would take about 5 billion rubles (£63.7 million) to rebuild housing in the area.

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