Russia — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will on Wednesday hold a video conference with top regional officials on work to address the consequences of fires that raged across the country in summer.
The conference will touch upon the implementation of instructions Medvedev had given to regional heads, in particular construction of housing for those who lost roof above their heads during the wildfires.
An unprecedented heat wave hit European Russia this summer, sparking wildfires and severe droughts in many regions. More than 50 people died in the fires, which destroyed over 2,000 homes.
On Wednesday the Russian president will also hand out awards for efforts to extinguish fires.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised in September that the country would allocate 7.5 billion rubles ($249.2 million at current rates) in 2011 to rehabilitate forests and prevent wildfires.