40,000 troops sent as new fires seen in Amazon rainforests
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After a week of unending fires in the Amazon rainforests in Brazil, new fires started raging in the forest on Saturday.

According to media reports, huge clouds of smoke were seen over the state of Rondonia in the northwest.

Following some light clouds on Friday, residents in the capital, Porto Velho complained about the smoke that appeared to be coming from the blaze.

Meanwhile, under increasing international pressure to contain the numbers of fires, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had thousands of military troops to quell the blaze.

As many as 40,000 troops and military aircrafts will collaborate with public security and environmental protection agencies to douse the forest fires.

The President has gathered global criticisms over his policy that sees rainforest protection as an obstacle to his country’s economic development.

Few demonstrators were observed outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in Paris, London and Geneva criticising the president and asking him to do more.

Local and international environmentalists consider that the world’s largest rainforests absorb the greenhouse gases that help to contain the crucial climate change.

As per a media report that quoted the Brazilian Defence Minister, about 7,500 square kilometres (2,900 square miles) of land has been affected in Bolivia.

Meanwhile, the global uproar has reached France, where the world leaders are meeting for the G7 summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for urgent discussions about the incident at the summit

“Our house is burning. Literally. It is an international crisis,” Macron said in a tweet.

A statement by the France government has even threatened to block a European Union trade deal with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday called Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and offered assistance, to tackle the raging wildfires.

“Just spoke with President @JairBolsonaro of Brazil. I told him if the United States can help with the Amazon Rainforest fires, we stand ready to assist!” Trump tweeted.

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had expressed concern on the burning of “lungs of the planet.”

“In the midst of the global crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity,” he said on Twitter


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