Devastating Wildfires Continue to Rage in Argentina

Officials in Argentina said the wildfires in the north have continued to spread through the province of Corrientes, which had devastated at least nine percent of its territory.

Firefighters, police, and volunteers have been trying to put out the fires for weeks, which have taken hold amid a drought linked to the La Niña climate phenomenon.

According to the latest official reports, the flames have consumed about 74,000 acres in one day in Corrientes and destroyed almost two million acres so far. 

Experts said strong winds, low humidity, and dryness from drought had helped the fires spread since mid-January.

Authorities estimated more than $240m losses while the affected areas would need many years to recover.

Artists and public figures have been fundraising for the victims while donations of basic goods are pouring into the area.

Meanwhile, firefighting units have begun to arrive from all corners of Argentina and also from Brazil and Bolivia.


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