“Why Is There No Help?”, Wildfires Rage In Russia While The World Looks The Other Way

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"Why Is There No Help?", Wildfires Rage In Russia While The World Looks The Other Way

Wildfires in Russia’s Siberia are getting out of control, with little attention being given to them.

Firefighters and volunteers have resorted to publishing please for help on Instagram and other social media.

The extraordinary forest fires, which have already burned through 1.5m hectares of land in north-east Siberia have released choking smog across Russia’s Yakutia region, where officials have described this summer’s weather as the driest in the past 150 years.

“The situation with wildfires in our republic is very difficult. I repeat that we are experiencing the driest summer in the past 150 years in Yakutia, and the month of June was the hottest on record. This, together with the dry thunderstorms that occur nearly daily in our republic, brought about significant wildfires,” Aysen Nikolayev, Yakutia’s governor, told reporters.

Smoke from the fires covered 51 towns, settlements and cities in the region, including the capital Yakutsk, forcing authorities to suspend all flights in and out of the city.

“We can’t see each other because of the smoke, our eyes are burning and overall the smoke is very dangerous for the health of us villagers,” said Vasiliy Krivoshapkin, resident of Magaras. “We see on television planes that are dropping water on the burning forest but they aren’t sending these planes to help us for some reason. Why is there no help?”

On July 18th, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said it had deployed two amphibious aircraft to Yakutia to help tackle the fires. More than 2,200 people are involved in the firefighting effort.

And that follows five years of hot summers, which have, according to villagers, turned the surrounding forests and fields into a tinderbox.

Every morning and evening for the last few days, shifts of young villagers have headed out into the taiga forest around Teryut in an attempt to quell the flames.

“For a month already you can’t see anything through the smoke,” said Varvara, a 63-year-old pensioner from Teryut, a village in the Oymyakonsky district. “We have already sent the small children away. And the fires are very close, just 2km [1.2 miles] from our village.”

In less than two months, fires in the region have spewed out around 150 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – close to the 2017 annual fossil fuel emissions of Venezuela, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), part of an European Union observation programme.

On July 19th, a Beriev Be-200 amphibious plane flown in from another Siberian region joined a massive effort to contain the blaze involving more than 2,000 firefighters on the ground.

Around 123 fires raged on July 19th over an area of more than 885,000 hectares, the region’s environment and forest ministry said.

Firefighters took special care to contain one fire covering 41,300 hectares, it said.

“There’s a natural water barrier from the river Vilyuy, but the fire is potentially dangerous for the … Svetlinskaya hydroelectric power station,” it said.

Smaller-scale fires burned in less remote parts of the country.

More than 6,500 firefighters fought to contain blazes across the country. In Karelia, a region that borders Finland, authorities evacuated more than 600 people from villages due to fires, the TASS news agency reported.

The floods in Germany, as well as the massive wildfires in Australia received global response, calls of support and offers of help. Meanwhile, there’s barely any mention of the disaster in Russia, as well as no assistance evidently coming, as citizens are pleading for help from anybody at all.

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Zoltan

The so-called west has deep hatred for Russia and Orthodox religion which challenged corrupt Vatican and the neo-Anglo-Zionist empire of global looting. The Anglo’s have been at war with Russia for the past 2 centuries.

Simon Ndiritu

No assistance will ever come with good intentions and countries purporting to offer support always look for their interests. Russia should better prepare to handle its unfortunate accidents as the west knows that Russia will not accept any conditions that comes with “help”.

Icarus Tanović

Stay away from Simon. He’s intelectual from Kenya, and you’re danmark dump yard.

Peter Wallace

So Simon is a she.. Or he is a “she” and you are the ” he” . I don’t think we need to know anymore.. What have you done with the old jens. Discarded him like the trash he is.

The Objective

Russia is big enough to handle this problems. It spends millions of dollars everyday bombing Syrians. Why should the world care about some forest fire that the Kremlin should be able to handle? The Ruskies have billions to spend on wars but not enough to fight a local fire?

Cromwell

They are bombing wahabi scum in Syria,otherwise they will end up bombing them in Russia.

tobi999

Syrians??? do they have birthcertifcate born in Syria? or Passport or Citizenship of Syria? No…….so die…pig die!!! The same scum that is hiding in Europe disguesed as refugees…raping and killing….may God and the Universe clean this world of that Scum and people like you that support them……..

you are a low life scum….pretending to care about Syrians….yeah stealing their oil and gas…burning their food and starving them…..

spare the world of your brain-farts what you call thoughts….instead go to the toilett and do not for get to flash after…..you Gods choosen Idiot……….that you represent….

Icarus Tanović

Those are called Wahhabis.

Dawn

Western diplomats would sooner start fires themself (maybe they already did) before offering help to Russia.. For them: the more problems Russia has, the better..

Dawn

When i wil be interested in babbling of retarded paid troll – i will let you know..

L du Plessis

Arson by the CIA.

Chess Master

Hello China Ally :)

Fog of War

Where is Russia’s great ally China ?

Jen's Common Sense In Absentia

“WHY IS THERE NO HELP?” Because most of the world has been taught by western propaganda to hate Russia, but that’s okay because Russia can [and should] help itself.

Self sufficiency will always be superior to unreliable “friends” and backstabbing “partners”, hopefully Putin will take this opportunity to have more Be-200 firefighting planes built so they can deal with these problems more effectively next time

Dave

Can’t they make it rain? I thought Russia long had that technology.
Russia had fires just a few years ago which went on for ages in the mud. Who is supposed to go and with what equipment? Maybe Germany can send some help, since they haven’t used their own capabilities in the flood-regions.

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Dave

I am sorry for the people there, I think it is for the government to ask for international help.
Still, it is somewhat annoying that this site, that typically swings their balls at everyone now all of a sudden cries like little babies. It’s always the same, Russia is best, greatest, strongest; Russia is poor, nobody likes us, have pitty on us. What now?