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Bolivia: Blazes destroyed around around a million hectars of forest this year

Bolivia: Blazes destroyed around around a million hectars of forest this year”

Bolivian president Evo Morales refused worldwide help to battle the fires for weeks but has since changed his position. Morales suspended his campaign ahead of the October elections, it said.

Presidents of Bolivia and Paraguay, Evo Morales and Abdo Benitez, are coordinating actions to mitigate forest fires that affect their shared border with the use of aircraft and facilitate the work of personnel on the ground. He has accepted global help in fighting these fires, but it did take him a while.

He said Paraguay, Chile, Spain and some other countries have all offered aid.

Television footage showed out-of-control flames and opaque clouds of smoke engulfing villages, scorching savannah and farm fields dotted with wavering palm trees and ripping across hillsides.

What was recently a verdant area of trees and wildlife has become a desolate, barren landscape where life teeters on the brink after wildfires raged through parts area of southeastern Bolivia.

Thousands of fires have ravaged Brazil's share of South America's Amazon region, the world's biggest rainforest, which is known as "the lungs of the planet".

The blazes have almost doubled this year compared with the same period in 2018, prompting global outrage. Environment Minister Ricardo Salles welcomed the news from the G7 meeting in France that developed economies will give more than $ 20 million to help the country to extinguish the fires. The Andean nation is one of the poorest in the western hemisphere but one of the richest in biodiversity.



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