Moscow: A newspaper says the hundreds of wildfires that has swept western Russia has caused billions of dollars in damage.
The business daily Kommersant says in Tuesday`s edition that the damage from the fires is expected to amount to about $15 billion — or about one percent of the country`s gross domestic product. The government has yet to release any damage estimates.
The hottest summer since record-keeping began 130 years ago has cost Russia more than a third of its wheat crop and prompted the government to ban wheat exports for the rest of the year.
The acrid smog that has engulfed Moscow for a week eased a bit Tuesday, but the concentration of pollutants remained high. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin summoned Moscow`s mayor to explain how the smog is being dealt with.