‘Catastrophe’ in Argentina as wildfires burn farms and wildlife
Aljazeera says People in Argentina are hopeful light rains that began over the weekend will help firefighters curb blazing wildfires that have ravaged farms, pastures and wildlife in the country’s north in recent weeks.
Eight separate fires in Argentina’s Corrientes province have devastated almost 800,000 hectares (1.98 million acres), according to officials.
The choking smoke has made the day look like night while flames consumed about 30,000 hectares (74,130 acres) a day, destroying up to 9 percent of a region that is dependent on agriculture.
“This is atypical, historic. It’s never happened. We’ve never lived something like this,” local resident Jorge Ayala said. “We’re really overwhelmed. This is what I can tell you now. This is a blow for the province.”
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