20 Apr 2020 11:38

Strong wind preventing liquidating of fire in Chernobyl zone - Ukraine's interior minister

KYIV. April 20 (Interfax) - Rescuers have contained two of the four fire beds in the Zhytomyr region and one of the four in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

"Flights over the fire zones took place in the morning following the work done yesterday and last night. One of the four fire beds was contained in the Chernobyl zone. Two of the four were contained in the Zhytomyr region. The wind forecast for today is not very good: up to 20 m/s, it is a strong wind. The ground forces and aviation are working properly!" Avakov said on Twitter on Monday morning.

"The main efforts were aimed at containing four spots where shrubs and remainders of timber were smoldering and one smoldering peat bog," the report said.