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Friday, 17 May, 2002, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
In pictures: Siberian forest fires rage
A state of emergency was declared in the Irkutsk region of Siberia on Thursday, where forest fires have destroyed over 40 homes in the village of Borovoye.

There were no reported casualties. Residents were evacuated and are being housed at a local school and cultural centre.

Aerial view of Russia's forest fires
About 54,000 hectares are ablaze across Siberia and the Russian Far East

Ruins of Borovoye
Nearly the entire village of Borovoye was destroyed

Singed sheep
No human casualties but this sheep was nearly roast mutton

Ruins of Borovoye
Chimneys were all that remained of most residences

Man searching in ruins
If the fires are not brought under control, more villages may be lost

Borovoye villager
The efforts of the fire-fighters could not save this woman's home

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See also:

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21 May 01 | Europe
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Thousands flee Siberia floods
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