Fires Worsen in Pantanal Region; Mato Grosso do Sul Declares Emergency Situation

Now, with the declaration, the state government wants support from the Ministry of Regional Integration and the Army in fighting fires. The military reinforcement would involve the use of the Air Force's Hercules C130 aircraft.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With about one million hectares destroyed by the fires in little over a month in Mato Grosso do Sul, the governor declared a state of emergency in a publication scheduled in the Official Gazette for this Thursday, September 12th.

Most of the affected areas includes municipalities in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area and a region that is already facing 45 days of drought.

On Tuesday, the governor of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes (DEM), also declared an emergency situation in the state due to the increase in forest fires.

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