Fire rages through Villeta in Paraguay | Flames destroyed over 2,000 hectares of land a huge forest fire raged through a small town south of Paraguay’s capital.
The blaze blew through a city of 3 km out at the capital in Vijetta region, according to Commando Firefighting volunteer group, the fire destroyed over 2000 ha of land.
Paraguay is currently monitoring over 221 hot spots across the nation. Paraguay has witnessed massive wildfires for the fourth consecutive year.
Last year, the thick smoke reached the capital, Asuncion according to official figures, over 70% of the Sarah Cora National Park, with at least five protected areas was destroyed.
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The blaze burned over 1050 thousand of area at that time.
In 2019, the devastating wildfires burned over 320 thousand of forested areas in the country.
This repetitive inferno has threatened the world’s largest wetland Pantanal. These fires have majorly been produced by the agricultural burning practices, which are usually done to renew pasture land for cattle ranching.
They have been also linked to the vast illegal KANABIS plantations that dot Paraguay’s National parks. The fires pose grave danger for the country’s last Indigenous people living in voluntary isolation outside the Amazon.
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development stated in a 2021 press release that areas such as Desert National Park could take over 20 years to recover.
- Fire rages through Villeta in Paraguay | Flames destroyed over 2,000 hectares of land
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