Brazil fights fires in Pan­tanal wet­lands

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

THE Pan­tanal, the largest trop­i­cal wet­lands in the world, suf­fered a record num­ber of fires in July, ac­cord­ing to satel­lite data, prompt­ing the Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment to de­ploy the army to fight them.

Brazil’s na­tional space agency, INPE, iden­ti­fied 1669 fires in July in the Brazil­ian Pan­tanal, triple the num­ber from July 2019 and the worst month on record since it be­gan track­ing in 1998.

Pre­vi­ously, the worst month was July 2005, with 1259 fires.

The Brazil­ian De­fence Min­istry said it had sent five mil­i­tary planes and 320 troops to the re­gion to fight the fires.

The Pan­tanal sits at the south­ern edge of the Ama­zon rain­for­est.

For­est fire in the Pan­tanal

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