Next to the charred remains of a home in the Russian city of Voronezh, women console each other on July 30.
Across Russia at least 2,000 homes have been lost to fire and almost 2,900 square miles (7,500 square kilometers) have been singed in recent weeks, according to government statements cited by Bloomberg. Already some reconstruction has begun in Voronezh and other areas, the news agency reported.
In addition to the record-breaking heat wave, much of Russia, one of the world's biggest grain exporters, is parched from the country's worst drought since 1972, according to the Associated Press. Saying 20 percent of Russia's 2010 wheat crop had been ruined, the government on August 5 banned grain exports for the rest of the year.
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