Images taken by Wilma Torres, 47, show the damage caused by the fire in the Pantanal

Vegetation completely devastated by fire near Corumbá. (Photo: Wilma Torres)

The return to the Capital of the 47-year-old housewife Wilma Torres, after a trip to Corumbá, was marked by the sadness of seeing the damage caused by the fire in the Pantanal. The images made by the reader along the way, they show the desolate scenery of a biome taken by the ashes.

Arriving in Corumbá the scenario is this, I came across the vegetation all burned. I felt nature asking for help, it was sad to see”, she laments. Wilma says that even her daughter, who is only 4 years old, was impressed to see the destruction of the greatest natural wealth in Mato Grosso do Sul.

“Look mother nature is sad, the animals are sad, everything is burned”, the little girl would have said. Despite the bleak panorama, the reader hopes that Pantanal will return to its former state, abundant in fauna and flora.

“I want to believe that everything will be reborn so that on my return I’ll see more green, less dry and more animals, as I’ve always seen when I’ve been here. I was moved and felt a lot to see these fires. A knot was made in my heart. throat and the tear ran. I was really sorry to see part of our MS like this,” he concludes.

Devastated area on the banks of the Paraguay River.  (Photo: Wilma Torres)
Devastated area on the banks of the Paraguay River. (Photo: Wilma Torres)

environmental tragedyCorumbá leads the ranking of municipalities with the highest record of fires, in the period from 1985 to 2020, according to the andStudy MapBiomas, released today (13) and which analyzed land use across the country. Second In the survey, the municipality registered 2.2% of fires, per hectare of the country’s total. This represents 3,600 hectares.

The critical situation of the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul also placed the city as the first in loss of surface water. There were -761,584 hectares in the same period analyzed. The research showed that in the two decades, the Pantanal biome of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul had an increase of 556 thousand hectares in the pasture area.

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In an attempt to reduce the impact of the fire in the Pantanal, since the beginning of the drought in the middle of the year, around 510 soldiers from the Fire Department have been fighting to combat the new outbreaks in the operation named Hephaestus in allusion to the Greek god of fire.

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