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The Amazon in Brazil is on fire - how bad is it?

23 August 2019

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Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade.

The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected.

However, images purported to be of the fires - including some shared under the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia - have been shown to be decades old or not even in Brazil.

So what's actually happening and how bad are the fires?

Source: BBC News

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