Aug 28, 2019

Amazon fires: Brazil governors push Bolsonaro to accept aid

The governors of the nine Brazilian states most affected by a record number of fires have urged President Jair Bolsonaro to accept foreign aid to fight the blazes. A record number of fires are burning in Brazil, most of them in the Amazon region. President Bolsonaro said last week that his government lacked the resources to fight the fires. As international concern over the fires spread, leaders of the seven leading industrial nations meeting in France offered $22m to help fight the fires. "It's a risky situation, we have lots of crops here and everything is burning, such as the cashew trees," he told the BBC. "I even had to keep the animals [inside] so that they don't burn as well. Every year it is the same, these fires are disturbing the region a lot."

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