Apocalypse in Yakutia: smog from forest fires blocks the sun

Apocalypse in Yakutia: smog from forest fires blocks the sun
Apocalypse in Yakutia: smog from forest fires blocks the sun
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Day gives way to night, and a thick ash rain is pouring from the sky - residents share such videos. In several districts of Yakutia, the day turned into night, the sky became orange-red, and the sun was completely obscured by smog.

Terrifying pictures of the dark red sky and the sun, completely covered by smog from forest fires, come from the Republic of Sakha.

The largest territory of Russia, known as the kingdom of permafrost, and now it is turning into the capital of forest fires: this summer, catastrophic forest fires covered two million hectares of territory.

Residents of Yakutsk, the world's largest city built on permafrost, suffocate for weeks in the poisonous smog brought by the fires.

People living in villages to the east, west and north of the capital complain that they have difficulty breathing.

In several districts of Yakutia, the day turned into night, the sky became orange-red, and the sun was completely covered by smog.

The new videos, shot in the Kobyaysky, Vilyuisky and Nyurbinsky districts (west and northwest of Yakutsk), look more like scenes from horror films: daylight has turned black and red, and ash is falling from the sky.

Several firefighting planes, which faced a busy working day, were unable to take off from Mirny airfield in the west of Yakutia due to poor visibility.

Mirny, one of the key diamond mining cities in Russia, is shrouded in thick smog from early morning.

“We don’t remember the situation was ever so bad,” said Kobyai villagers, who also reported power outages and ash rains.

Brown bears have been driven out of their natural habitat by raging forest fires; local drivers share videos of brown bear families begging for food along the roads. Damage to other wildlife has not yet been assessed.

More than 2,000 people are working to extinguish fires in the republic, local authorities said.

The first forest fires were recorded on May 4, 2021.

The situation deteriorated significantly in June, which also became the hottest and driest month in Yakutia since the start of recordings in the late 19th century.

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