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Amazon Forest Burns Unabated

Amazon Forest Burns Unabated

A picture released by Greenpeace shows smoke billowing from forest fires in the municipality of  Candeias do Jamari, close to Porto Velho in Rondonia state, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil.

Brazil has deployed two Hercules C-130 aircraft to douse fires devouring parts of the Amazon rainforest.

The latest official figures show 79,513 forest fires have been recorded in the country this year, the  highest number of any year since 2013. More than half of those are in the massive Amazon basin.