Devastating forest fires lead to state of emergency in Paraguay

Paraguay has declared a national emergency as more than 5,000 wildfires rage across South America amid drought and record high temperatures.

Paraguay’s Congress declared a national state of emergency on Thursday, October 1, as new wildfires erupted across vast swathes of Chaco dry forest.

Two firefighting planes arrived in the country to extinguish the hardest hit areas.

There are 5,231 wildfires raging across the country, most of which are concentrated in the Chaco area. Thick smoke reached the capital of Asuncion.

The country is also going through a heat wave, with a record high of 45.5 ° C last week.

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