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Eight dead as fires raging in southern Russia

Eight dead as fires raging in southern RussiaMOSCOW: Forest and brush fires flared up again in Russia farmland in the south, killing eight people and burning more than 400 homes, officials said Friday.

Currently we have about eight people dead, rescue services cited by the President of the Interfax news agency said.

The night wind fueled fire destroyed 532 buildings including 400 homes, about 20 villages in the regions of Saratov and Volgograd, about 1000 km (620 km) southeast of Moscow, emergency officials said.

About 1,000 people are without protection. Eighteen people were injured, the emergency ministry said in a statement.

But the authorities have informed the wind had ceased and most of the fire was brought under control after Friday.

Volgograd Region has a fire was extinguished September 17:50 (1350 GMT), the Ministry said.

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