23 March 1998
Amazon forest fires out of control

THE continuing forest fires in Brazil and Venezuela, which have destroyed cattle and pasture land, are reported in The Daily Telegraph today. The three-month-old fires are out of control, the newspaper says. Drought from the El Niño weather phenomenon has turned the normally damp forests and jungles into a tinderbox. This has fed the fires started by farmers and ranchers clearing land.

  • The Daily Telegraph 23/03/98 page 12