Former bargeman Viktor, 57, reads the Bible while wearing a hat he made for this purpose, outside his wooden hut located in a forest 34 miles south of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. A decade ago, Viktor decided to lead the life of a hermit and settled in the secluded forest. He reads the Bible, and survives mainly on fish, berries and mushrooms.
Civil defence and forest brigade members at the site of a wildfire in Riveira, northwest Spain, on Wednesday.
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Firefighters and local residents struggle on Tuesday to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest in Portugal and Spain and cost the lives of four emergency workers.
A local resident shows his support as a military helicopter drops water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece on Tuesday.
Firemen are silhouetted against the flames as they fight a forest fire at Moimenta da Beira, Portugal. Media reports citing a spokesman for the National Fire Coordination Centre state that more that 200,000 hectares of forest have been burnt by wildfires this year after months of severe drought. According to the media reports there has already been several casualties of the fires.
A woman walks through haze as a forest fire burns bushes in Siak Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia on Thursday. The fires in Sumatra have caused record smog in Malaysia and Singapore. Sumatra has stepped up efforts to fight the fires to relieve the conditions. Eight farmers have been arrested for starting the fires.