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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 28 Jul 2011 00:27 
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The heat is on in Russia.

Russia is hit by a sweltering heatwave. Moscow residents are stewing in temperatures peaking at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. People are seeking refuge where they can.
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Moscow resident, saying (Russian): "The weather is beautiful if you are somewhere near water. But if you are at work or somewhere far from water, then it will be bad - it's quite hot," With temperatures heating up, health concerns are also on the rise.

Last August death rates doubled in Moscow after a record heatwave. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Russia battles fires amid tropical heat
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By Anna Smolchenko

Russia on Thursday sweltered in abnormally hot summer weather as the emergency services sought to control expanding countryside blazes to prevent a repeat of last year's devastating wildfires.

The central city of Volgograd was Russia's hottest city with temperatures hovering above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the past few days, hotter than Cairo, Tashkent, Tehran and New Delhi, weather forecasters said.

Local officials issued repeated heat alerts, warning residents of the former Stalingrad, scene of the savage World War II battle against the Nazis, to expect tropical heat of up to 43 degrees C (109.4 F) on Thursday.The world once again admires the courage and tenacity of Volgograd residents," said Fobos weather forecasting service. "The temperature in the city has exceeded 40 degrees for the third day in a row."

Russia endured the worst heatwave in its recorded history last year when wildfires spread out of control, killing dozens of people, burning down thousands of houses and threatening military and nuclear installations.

For the past week Russians have been struggling with a new heatwave although it is not as severe and appears to be waning.

Thursday is expected to be the last day of suffocating heat in central Russia, according to the Fobos forecasters. In Moscow, temperatures are expected to spike at between 33 and 35 degrees C (91.4 and 95 F).

"The heatwave will begin to abate from Friday," Leonid Starkov, a Fobos meteorologist told AFP.

At 33.6 degrees C (92.5 F), Wednesday was the hottest day since the start of the year in Moscow.

"In many ways, the weather is reminiscent of the one last year," Fobos said, adding however the heat was not as intense. By comparison, the temperatures stood at 35.7 degrees C (96.3 F) on July 27, 2010.

The hot dry air was fanning wildfires across Russia and the area covered by blazes grew by some 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) to more than 21,500 hectares in the past day, the emergencies ministry said.

A total of 192 fires continued to burn across Russia, down from 220 registered on Wednesday, it said.

Russian subways and residential buildings, most of which still date from the Soviet era, are ill-equipped to cope with extreme temperatures.

Mass-circulation newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said the temperature at the Moscow subway had exceeded permissible levels, ambulances made nearly 40 trips to the metro on Monday and Tuesday and one 47-year old passenger died of a heart attack.

Environmental campaigners warned earlier this year of a return of the noxious smog which enveloped Moscow last summer but no signs of it have been detected around the city so far.

As parched Russians take shelter in air-conditioned offices and pray for rain, at least one industry is looking to cash in on the hot-weather spell.

"During such hot days consumption of ice cream jumps by 10 percent a month on average," Gennady Yashin, deputy director of the Union of Russian Ice-Cream Makers, told AFP.

The trade industry group expects Muscovites will have gobbled up between 330 and 340 tonnes of ice cream by the end of the month, up from 319 tonnes consumed in June.

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Moscow River deadly boat collision
Rescue workers search the Moscow River following a deadly boat collision on Saturday night.

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Nine people died in the accident between a barge and private boat. The private boat, believed to have been rented for a birthday party, was pinned underneath the barge. It remained there on Sunday morning as crews continued a grim recovery operation.

Several people witnessed the accident, on a popular stretch of river.

(Russian) COLLISION EYEWITNESS "We were walking along the riverbank and heard a terrible scraping noise, and we heard some sounds, so we came down here and saw that the emergencies ministry and all was already here."

The investigation into the accident is continuing. But officials say the private boat - which had 16 people onboard -was over capacity - and witnesses say it was swerving eratically moments before the crash.

31 July 2011 Andrew Raven, Reuters

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MOSCOW -- At least eight people are dead after a Russian party boat crashed into a barge in the Moscow River, according to reports.

The overcrowded pleasure boat collided with a barge in central Moscow at about 1 a.m. Sunday, British newspaper The Guardian reports.

At least seven people were rescued from the boat, the Lastochka, on which revellers had apparently gathered to celebrate a Turkish citizen's 31st birthday, the Guardian reported.

Survivors said the ship's owner and captain, Gennady Zinger, who was among those who drowned when the boat sank, had been drinking, Pavel Seliverstov, the head of Moscow's committee on transport, reportedly told tabloid Life News.

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A spokesman for Russia's investigative committee told reporters that the boat was built for 12 passengers but had 17 on board. One passenger got off the boat at some point before the sinking.

Sunday's boat crash and drownings come just weeks after a boat carrying more than 200 people sank in the River Volga, about 750 km east of Moscow, after it got caught in bad weather. The double-decker Bulgaria was carrying 208 passengers and crew when it sank on July 10. The death toll from that ship sinking recently rose to 120.

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