Brazil: Aerial footage shows smoke covering Pantanal wetlands as area registers over double last year's fires

A military helicopter could be seen flying over a fire in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands in Pocone, in the state of Mato Grosso, on Monday. The reconnaissance flight shows a column of smoke covering the area. According to local reports, the smoke from the fire has reached the region's capital, Cuiaba, situated more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) away. The number of fires registered in Brazil's Pantanal in the first half of 2020 has more than doubled compared to the same period last year, according to data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The world's largest tropical wetland, has registered 2,534 outbreaks of fire between January and June, while last year during the same period 981 fires were reported.
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