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Wildfires rage near Colombia’s capital as temperatures soar

Forest fires have destroyed more than 17,000 hectares, with blazes burning kilometres from Bogota’s residential areas. Smoke rises from a fire burning on the slopes of the mountains surrounding Nemocon, north of Bogota Smoke rises from a fire burning on the slopes of the mountains surrounding Nemocon, north of Bogota, Colombia, on January 23, 2024. [Ivan Valencia/AP] Published On 27 Jan 2024 27 Jan 2024 Forest fires have destroyed more than 17,000 hectares (42,008) in Colombia since November, authorities have said, as the country faces its hottest January in decades. More than 340 fires have been recorded during that period, spurred by prolonged drought, record heat and the El Nino weather phenomenon, Environment Minister Susana Muhamad said on Friday, adding that 26 fires were still blazing. One of the fires is burning about 900 metres (2,953) from Bogota’s eastern El Paraiso neighbourhood.https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/1/27/wildfires-rage-near-colombias-capital-as-temperatures-soar

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  • George Kariuki

    11 w

    My hope is that this crisis will catalyze immediate action and long-term commitment to building a more climate-resilient future for Colombia and beyond.

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    • johnte ndeto

      11 w

      Forest fires are real and any measures to protect the forests should be enacted

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      • Gorffly mokua

        11 w

        This is an alarming situation. The wildfires near Colombia's capital amid soaring temperatures underline the pressing challenges of climate change.

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        • Kevin

          11 w

          The real enemy as those encroaching on forest cover and causing deforestation

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          • Sarah Chabane

            11 w

            This is alarming but I am not sure this is Colombia's fault, more the company deforesting the country

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            • Saustine Lusanzu

              11 w

              Immediate response should be taken

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              • walter lungayi

                11 w

                It's concerning to see wildfires so close to a major city like Colombia's capital. Climate change and extreme temperatures are having a real impact on our environment.

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  11 w

                  This is alarming and urgency is needed to stop this disaster

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  11 w

                  This are devastating news and must be dealt with as an emergency and more mitigation strategies put in place to avoid the catastrophe in the future.

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                  • Tabitha Kimani

                    11 w

                    Such scenarios are really disappointing to witness. Watching the biodiversity getting destroyed is really sad.

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                    • Felix mokaya

                      11 w

                      @tabitha_kimani This is so concerning .It is a high time an action to be taken.

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                      • winnie nguru

                        11 w

                        @tabitha_kimani really. so many negative effects

                      • Abraham Jok Atem

                        11 w

                        Actions must be taken quickly to end this devastating situation

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                        • Munene Mugambi

                          11 w

                          A deeply concerning turn of events in Colombia. Wildfires are very destructive and greatly increase our carbon emissions

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            11 w

                            @munene_mugambi It is sad.Some other states in the US face this forest fire tragedy almost every year when it's hot like Montana.

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                          • Saustine Lusanzu

                            11 w

                            This is stressful, the ecosystem should be protected at all costs,

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                            • Esther Wanjiku

                              11 w

                              @saustine_lusanzu The stress on the environment is heart wrenching

                            • Rotich Kim

                              11 w

                              This matter should be of priority, there should always be a quick response when it comes to such issues since this affects the nation .

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                              • Saustine Lusanzu

                                11 w

                                @rotich_kim exactly

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                              • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                                11 w

                                It's deeply concerning to see the devastating impact of wildfires near Colombia's capital, Bogota. The destruction of over 17,000 hectares of forest within a short period highlights the urgent need for effective measures to combat climate change. The prolonged drought, record heat, and the El Nino weather phenomenon are clear indicators of the changing climate, posing severe challenges to environmental sustainability.

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                                • Saustine Lusanzu

                                  11 w

                                  @rukia_ahmed_abdi immediate response should be taken

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                                • Felix mokaya

                                  11 w

                                  There should be an urgency in this .This is a national threat.

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                                  • Saustine Lusanzu

                                    11 w

                                    @felix_mokaya I second that

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                                    • Saustine Lusanzu

                                      11 w

                                      @felix_mokaya exactly, we don't have time

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                                      • CHRIS NGATIA

                                        11 w

                                        @felix_mokaya it's need to be tackled immediately

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                                        • Gorffly mokua

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                                          @felix_mokaya Agree!💯

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