MOSCOW, February 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev has expressed his condolences to
Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce over the region's
deadly bushfires, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
"I learned with regret about the great tragedy in
Australia - large-scale wildfires that rage in the southeastern
part of the continent," Medvedev said in a telegram.
"I ask you to convey words of condolence, deep sympathy
and support to the families and friends of the dead and wishes
of soonest recovery to the injured."
The death toll from the unprecedented bushfires that have
been raging in southern Australia over the past two weeks has
topped 170 people. The fires have destroyed at least 750
houses, leaving hundreds of people homeless, and some 14,000
residential buildings are without electricity.
Police do not rule out that the death toll could rise