Death rate doubles in Moscow’s smoke, heat crisis

Reuters: Scorching heat and acrid smoke have nearly doubled death rates in Moscow, a city official said on Monday as a shroud of smog from raging forest and peat fires beset Russia's capital for a third week. Firefighters battled wildfires covering 1,740 square km (1,075 sq miles) in what the state weather forecaster said was Russia's worst heat wave for a millennium. "The average death rate in the city during normal times is between 360 and 380 people per day. Today, we are around ......

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