Death toll from wildfires in Luhansk region rises to nine – Interior Ministry


Nine people have been killed by wildfires in Luhansk region, First Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovy said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, nine people have died: one died in a fire, the rest – we will find out the cause of their death after an appropriate investigation,” Yarovoy said at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

He noted that a headquarters had been created. It is headed by the governor of Luhansk region and includes representatives of all law enforcement agencies.

According to him, almost 2,000 personnel and more than 200 pieces of equipment are involved in extinguishing the fire.

Yarovy recalled that the police had opened seven criminal proceedings on wildfires in Luhansk region. According to him, 30 investigative and operational groups have been created to inspect all damaged facilities.

On September 30, six large-scale forest fires broke out along the contact line in eastern Ukraine. The most difficult situation is in the area from Stanytsia Luhanska to Severodonetsk, where wildfires are approaching 22 populated areas.

Local authorities said there were a total of 146 fires, 82 of which had been extinguished.

According to preliminary estimates, the fires covered about 9.3 thousand hectares.

According to the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters, the fires were caused by shelling from a nearby area that is controlled by the armed formations of the Russian Federation.

© 2020 Ukrinform News


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