Fires rage across drought-ravaged Brazil

Fires rage across drought-ravaged Brazil

10 September 2010

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Brazil: Much of Brazil is under a state of emergency as more than 1,000 bushfires continue to burn across the country.

At one point there were more than 10,000 fires, and 15 of Brazil’s 26 states are now under a state of emergency.

Weeks of intense drought in the Amazon basin and neighbouring areas have sparked thousands of fires; 1,200 of which are burning out of control.

The drought is the worst seen in almost 40 years.

The federal government has promised funds to help those affected but it has few resources to fight fires.

It also claims to have plans to deal with the environmental emergency but most Brazilians appear sceptical.

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