Brazil: Animals face hunger and thirst in fire-torn Pantanal wetlands

Sunday's footage from Pocone, Mato Grosso, shows a barren and fire-scorched landscape of the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands, littered with wildlife carcasses as hunger and thirst becomes widespread amongst the animals following close to 15,000 fires in the region since June. Data from the Laboratory of Applied Environmental Satellites at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro estimates that at least 22 percent of the biome was lost to the fires of 2020. As the drought and high fire risk in the Pantanal wetlands continues, the Brazilian Federal Government has in the past couple of weeks pledged over R$10m (€1,547,356; $1,798,578) for the purposes of fighting the ongoing wildfires. Further to this, in order to aid with the challenging landscape, there have been reports of volunteers setting up 72 refuge points to provide immediate relief for the animals.

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