Rain extinguishes Bolivia wildfires 

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Heavy rains have extinguished wildfires which destroyed more than four million hectares of land in eastern Bolivia in recent months.

According to a Santa Cruz province official;“It has rained all across Chiquitanía and our satellite no longer shows any active forest fires.”

The fires triggered mass protests against the environmental policies of President Evo Morales.

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the president on Friday.

The environment minister of Santa Cruz province, Cinthia Asín, said that firefighters would continue to monitor the area for another 24 hours to make sure none of the blazes would reignite.

It is not yet clear if the fires in other areas of Bolivia have also been put out by the rains.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu