Poisonous smog returns to Moscow

Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 19:15

Moscow: Officials say the poisonous smog
that contributed to a higher death rate in Moscow has returned
to Russia`s capital.

Alexey Popikov of weather monitors Mosecomonitoring
says the concentration of carbon monoxide in Moscow air early
Sunday was more than five times what is considered normal.
He says, however, that by Monday winds will disperse
most the smog. Acrid smoke from forest and peat bog fires
blanketed Moscow until early this week, nearly doubling the
number of recorded deaths and grounding planes in airports.

Emergency officials said the number of wildfires
outside Moscow stood at 16 early Sunday.

This summer is the hottest in Russia`s recorded
history. Fires have destroyed provincial towns and together
with drought have cost Russia a third of its wheat crop.


First Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 19:15
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