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Record heat in Russia; prisoners allowed to get in fans

Last Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 17:50

Moscow: With mercury breaking all records
in Russia, prisons in the country have allowed inmates to get
in electric fans to beat the heat and jail authorities have
been asked to ensure proper ventilation in cells.

The temperatures have soared in Russia this summer,
nearing the 40-degree Celsius mark and July becoming the
hottest month on record in Moscow.
"The relatives have been allowed to pass on electric
fans to jail inmates and the authorities are carrying out a
set of measures, including constant monitoring of temperature
and ventilation in the prison cells," the spokesman of Moscow
Prisons Department Sergei Tsigankov was quoted as saying by

Daylight temperatures have broken 11 records, and the
abnormal heat wave, with 37-39 degrees Celsius, is expected to
continue in the foreseeable future, weather office said.

The the nearby peat bogs fires have added suffocating
smoke to the unbearable heat conditions in the Russian

An absolute temperature record of 37.2 degrees Celsius
was registered in Moscow on Monday, and since then every day
it is broken several times a day, spokesman for the local
meteorological bureau reported.
Due to almost two months of arid and hot summer,
Russia is facing the worst drought since 1972.

Speaking on Rossiya 24 channel, environmentalists
suggest that the heat wave may be not only a symptom of global
warming, but of a climate change as in the winter Moscow and
most of Russia had weathered chilling cold below minus 30
degree Celsius.

Russia`s Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko has
advised Muscovites to install air-conditioners in their
apartments as the country could face more such abnormal hot

Observers here recall that after the scorching heat of
1972, the ruling Soviet Communist Party had decided to build a
plant for the production of air-conditioners in Azeri capital
Baku, then part of the ex-USSR, which became operational
within two years in 1974.


First Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 17:50
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