Moscow: The mortality rate, which had doubled with the record-breaking heat in the Russian capital, is back to normal as the heat wave recedes and smog from the burning peat bogs and wildfires has disappeared.
Trade Union leader of the city`s undertakers Alexander Avdeev said the situation has normalised after the end of the two month long abnormal heat with temperature
around 40 degrees Celsius, when the daily death rate in Moscow had doubled to over 700.
"The number of calls and orders for our services has dropped to normal level. The vehicles of the funeral service have stopped doing two or even three trips a day, some of them are even idle. Everything is back to normal," Avdeev was quoted as saying by Gazeta.ru website.
Quoting a mortuary RIA Novosti said the number of bodies brought for post-mortum, a compulsory procedure in Russia before funeral, has dropped to normal level of 15-20 daily.
Usually, 360-380 deaths take place every day in Moscow, but during the heat wave and smog the rate had almost doubled to about 700," Chief of Moscow City Health Department Andrei Seltsovsky had conceded.
The Moscow City Hall has allocated funds equivalent to USD 3.4 million for the treatment of veteran citizens in Sanatoria, who were worst affected by the toxic smog this summer.