Brazil fights fires in Pantanal wetlands
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