Health Minister Says 50 Killed In Russia Wildfires

The death toll caused by wildfires raging in central Russia has risen to 50, Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said Thursday.More than 450 people were injured, includingd 72 who have been hospitalized, the minister said. An ongoing heat wave has been scorching Russia since mid-June, triggering numerous peat bog and wildfires in its central part. President Dmitry Medvedev declared a state of emergency in 13 regions as some 2,000 people had been left homeless. The Emergency Ministry said that a total of 4,058 wildfires and 1,057 peat bog fires have been registered in central Russia so far.