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Nearly 27% of Pantanal scorched from January-October 3rd: LASA Updated: 2020-10-08 10:00:59 KST

The Pantanal stretching across Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay is considered an ecological treasure trove along with the Amazon rainforest.
But devastating fires are causing massive destruction to one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth.
According to data from the Laboratory for Environmental Satellite Applications at a Brazilian university, nearly 27 percent of the Pantanal burned down from January to October 3rd.
The LASA warns that the blazes, fueled by drought, are getting "out of control".
Brazilian National Institute for Space Research data shows the number of fires in the region between January and September this year totaled 18,259.
What's more concerning is that 8,106 fires have been reported in September alone.
This is the largest monthly record since 1998, when INPE surveys began.
Reports also indicate that fires deliberately set on private land for livestock breeding are spreading to indigenous lands, causing irreversible damage.
Volunteers and veterinarians are rushing to save the wildlife.

"Everything is very burned. The trees are burned, many animals that depend on fruits and seeds will not have those resources. So, we are seeing a large migration of animals."

Amid the blazes burning with historic force, environmental activists are warning of the growing threat of climate change, calling for quick and decisive action.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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