The government of Mato Grosso do Sul declared an emergency in five municipalities due to forest fires, namely: Corumbá, Ladário, Miranda, Aquidauana and Porto Murtinho. The measure was published in an extra edition of the Official State Gazette (DOE) on Tuesday night (14) and is valid for 90 days.
According to the decree, the government took into account the increase in the number of fire outbreaks, especially in the Pantanal region. By November of this year, 947,025 hectares of the biome, which spreads across Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso, had already been consumed by flames. The devastated area is equivalent to almost eight times the size of the capital of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.
According to data from the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), fires in the municipalities of Corumbá (74.8%), Aquidauana (12.8%) and Porto Murtinho (10%), correspond to 97.6% of hot spots in the Pantanal.
With the publication, the mobilization of all bodies to act in response to natural disasters, as well as the rehabilitation of the scenario and reconstruction of affected areas, is authorized. Responsibility lies with the State Coordination for Civil Protection and Defense (CEPDEC).
It is also permitted to call on volunteers to reinforce disaster response actions and carry out fundraising campaigns in the community, with the aim of facilitating assistance actions for the population affected by the disaster.
The decree is signed by the governor of Mato Grosso do Sul, Eduardo Riedel (PSDB).