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Russia: Moscow Drowning Toll Rises


Moscow, 23 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Seven more people have drowned while swimming in Moscow's rivers and reservoirs over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll since 1 June to 168, Interfax reports. Most deaths are caused by people going into the water after drinking heavily.

Moscow has experienced an especially hot summer, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius for much of this month.

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