Russian Federation: no remaining health risks from extreme heat-wave and wildfires

As of today, the exceptional situation of a severe heat-wave and air pollution due to wildfires in many regions of the Russian Federation has been declared over.

A WHO expert mission, visiting Moscow from 30 August to 2 September at the invitation of the Russian Government, confirmed that the weather and environmental situation have returned to normal and the current situation does not pose any health risk to the resident population or visitors.

Wildfires started in mid-July 2010 in the Central and Volga federal districts of the country, producing a dense plume of smoke over hundreds of kilometres long. The continuing heat-wave aggravated the situation. According to the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, there were fires in over 20 regions of the country.