Siberian wildfires kill 23, leave 5,000 homeless

April 14, 2015 9:12 PM

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Wind-whipped grassland fires set by Russian farmers preparing for spring planting have killed at least 23 people, injured more than 900 and left 5,000 homeless, authorities said Tuesday.

The fires swept through nearly 60 villages and destroyed or damaged more than 1,400 homes in the southeastern Siberian region of Khakassia, according to officials cited by Tass, the state-run news agency.

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