State of Emergency declared by Paraguay amidst crisis
State of Emergency declared by Paraguay amidst crisis

ASUNCION: Recently, a state emergency has been declared by Paraguay as situations worsen there. Paraguay’s Congress announced a national emergency on Thursday as forest fires burned and erupted at a large scale, burning vast swaths of the Chaco dry forest that used to be the home to sprawling cattle ranches, jaguars and many indigenous tribes. The emergency declaration boosts funds for fire-fighting and also opens the door to request international support to tame the blazes, which have budded up throughout the country.

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Authorities stated that two firefighting aircraft had landed in the country and would extinguish the most heavily impacted regions. Regional neighbors Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil are also striving to restrain fires that approach to reach historic levels amid drought and dry weather. In Paraguay, the National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) said it had detected 5,231 fires in 24 hours, mostly in the heavily forested Chaco region.

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SEN chief Joaquin Roa termed the region a “breeding ground …for forest fires,” with no rain demanded and air temperatures soaring. "All the fires that have been generated are controlled but we have not won the battle, we cannot lower our guard,” Roa said. Paraguay’s Directorate of Meteorology said it did not expect rain to fall until Oct. 7.

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