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Peru: Officials Declare State of Emergency Amid Climate-Fueled Fires

HeadlineNov 23, 2016

In Peru, authorities have declared a state of emergency in seven districts in the north amid raging wildfires. Scientists say the fires are fueled by less rainfall due to climate change. The fires are threatening indigenous land and crops in the Peruvian Amazon. This is the Peruvian prime minister.

Prime Minister Fernando Zavala: “In the first place, because of the magnitude of the fire’s reach, the government has declared a state of emergency in the zones affected by the greatest intensity and risk. This will permit the national government to continue mobilizing people, resources and diverse equipment in order to confront these fires and attend to the population that has been affected.”

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