Latin America

Wildfires burn 10 percent of Argentina’s Corrientes province territory

Historic droughts linked to the La Niña weather phenomenon caused massive environmental and economic losses

wildfires Firefighters putting down the flames in the Corrientes province. Photo: Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/EFE via Folhapress
Firefighters putting down the flames in the Corrientes province. Photo: Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/EFE via Folhapress

The environmental crisis caused by droughts in Argentina’s Northeast went from bad to worse, as the months of dry weather escalated into a new complication: wildfires.

Attention turned to the province of Corrientes, which struggled to contain growing outbreaks across its territory for four weeks straight, reporting last week that more than 10 percent of its surface has been consumed by the flames: 800,000 hectares from a total of 8 million, the equivalent of 40 times the area of Buenos Aires City.

The province, which borders Brazil and Uruguay to the East and Paraguay to the North, is usually...

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