Some 500 thousand hectares, or 5,000 square kilometers (km2), have been consumed by the llamas in 16 days. NASA published stunning images of what the raging fire looks like from space.

According to international media reports, 500 thousand hectares have been consumed by the llamas in the Amazon of Brazil, the equivalent of a quarter of El Salvador, or 5,000 square kilometers (km2); a territorial extension greater than that covered by the departments of Santa Ana, Ahuachapán and Sonsonate together, that is, the entire western part of the country.

The raging fire has already caused incalculable damage in "the lung of the earth", without the state authorities having implemented real environmental policies to stop it.

The Amazon is considered the sanctuary of biodiversity, throughout 7.4 million square kilometers inhabit around 30 thousand types of plants; 2,500 species of fish; 1,500 birds; 500 types of mammals; 550 species of reptiles and 2.5 million insects, according to data from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization.

The European Union Earth Observation program posted on Twitter the extent of forest fires in the jungle

The Amazon covers 40% of Latin American countries, including Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Brazil, in the latter is 60% of its extension.

The Amazon has been burning for 16 days and the catastrophic environmental effects of the sinister east, considered the largest since 2013, are already in sight.

The National Institute of Space Research (INPE) said on Tuesday that between January and August 2019, 71,497 fire sources have been registered in Brazil, which is equivalent to 83% more than that registered during 2018.

Of the total outbreaks of fire, 52.5% were detected in the Amazon rainforest.

While President Jair Bolsonaro suggests that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) may be behind the biggest incident recorded in recent years, NASA today published images of what the scorching fire looks like from space.

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