The raging fires in the Amazon are threatening the residents of north-western Brazil as they have destroyed their farmlands and homes. Both the residents and firefighters are struggling to bring the fire under control.
It is even more hard for the residents to tackle it as last week, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro denied there were any fires in the Amazon, calling it a “lie” and blaming the media for spreading it.
The blazes, that occur every year in the dry season, sent clouds of smokes curling into the sky that could be seen and smelt from the capital of Rondonia state 24 miles (38 km) away.
According to government data, the first 15 days of August have seen about a 17-percent decrease in the number of fires as this time last year. Statistics show that deforestation rose by 34.5 percent in the 12 months through July, compared to a year earlier.
The year 2019 witnessed a sharp increase in blazes across the Amazon and attracted international condemnation amid alarm over the deforestation of a region crucial to the fight against global warming. Experts opine that the fires are rarely a natural phenomenon and are mostly set deliberately by opportunists to clear land for pasture.
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