Argentina: 100,000 hectares under fire

Argentina: 100,000 hectares under fire

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The fires in the delta area of ​​the Paraná River, on the Argentine coast, are causing an environmental and health crisis in the country. The authorities denounced that the fire had been caused intentionally. In the province of Córdoba there are also two major sources of gravity.

In the north of the province of Córdoba, it is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history. Currently two major fires have been burning since the weekend, resulting in more than 150 evacuated people and affected homes.

The two major sources of forest fires in the north of the Punilla Valley have affected the north of the province of Córdoba for a week, causing serious material and environmental damage.

So far this day, many people from the most affected areas began to share incredible satellite images of the fire on social networks where you can see the large number of active outbreaks in the province of Córdoba, Paraná and also in the north Argentinian.

Some of these images come from NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System, which displays information about active sources in near real time.

The sources of fire can be identified in the north of the province of Córdoba, and those that develop in the Litoral, and that cause serious complications and evacuations of populations of Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Corrientes and province of Buenos Aires.

As indicated by the government of Córdoba, volunteer firefighters, with fire trucks and tanker trucks, continue to work to combat the flames that continued to advance because of the wind. Most of the fire fighting task was done by land, since the weather conditions due to the strong winds prevented the flight of the hydrant planes.

The governor of Córdoba, Juan Schiaretti, stated that the province will provide help to those affected for the reconstruction stage, whether they are houses, fences, furniture, or loss of animals, among others: "The weather punishes us for being such a dry and windy year. The priority is to protect neighbors at risk”, Highlighted the president.

The risk of continuing forest fires remains "very high". Towards the middle of the week some rains are forecast, absent in the area since April.

In the Paraná Delta

Meanwhile, the devastating fires in the Paraná Delta keep the population of the province of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos in suspense, especially in cities such as Rosario, Victoria and San Nicolás de los Arroyos, where local authorities expressed their concern about the socio-environmental impact of fire and the consequences on the respiratory tract.

10 days ago, five people were arrested for setting fires in the island area of ​​the Paraná river delta. According to the police from Entre Ríos, the prisoners, five adults from the Santa Fe city of Gobernador Gálvez, were involved in the lighting of an igneous focus on the islet of La Paloma Grande, after a nautical patrol.

This Saturday, the Provincial Road Safety Agency of Santa Fe ordered a total traffic cut on the Rosario-Victoria bridge, due to the large presence of smoke from the islands of the Paraná Delta, one of the main wetland ecosystems in America del Sur, which prevented visibility and safe driving on that road layout. The Santa Fe organization also had to evacuate the Rosario-Victoria bridge toll station and interrupt traffic on Route 174, due to the large presence of smoke from the illegal burning of wetlands in the Delta.

An assembly of neighbors and environmentalists also decided to cut the bridge and the idea is to keep it cut until there is a solution and stop the fires in the delta islands, pointed to the agencyTelam a spokesman for the environmental organization El Paraná No Se Toca. Meanwhile, dozens of residents and island residents are fighting the fire that affects the islands of La Deseada and Paso Destilería, near Granadero Baigorria, which flared up in that area since this Friday night.

In the same vein, more than fifty socio-environmental groups throughout the country demanded that the national government and the provincial states promptly apply a “contingency plan and rescue of native fauna and flora ”affected by the burning of wetlands in the Paraná delta, and that the“ recovery and restoration of the ecosystem”.

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, Juan Cabandié, described the advance of the fire as "serious" and asked the owners of the affected lands "take charge of the operating cost of 15 to 17 million pesos per day”That demanded the Government to fight the fire. The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in addition, ordered in recent weeks the creation of a committee of experts to take care of the environment of the delta.

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