BRAZIL: FIRES RAGE OUT OF CONTROL IN AMAZON AREA
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Date: 03/13/1998 04:00 AM
Roraima state, Brazil - 12 March 1998
1. Aerial shot of fire at night
2. Aerial shot of fire during daytime
3. Various aerials of fires
4. Computer animated map of where fires have broken out
5. Mid way of livestock fleeing flames
6. Sun beating down
7. Aerial of river
8. Various of fire
9. Tarepangues (tribe) Indian jungle village
10. Various of Indians in their village
11. 30 kilos of manioca - all there is to eat for next two weeks
12. Various of Indian family
13. Shots of abandoned Indian homes
14. Various of where fire has already torched
15. More day time shots of fire
Fires raging out of control have claimed a quarter of a Brazilian state in some of the worst such blazes ever seen in the Amazon.
A huge cloud of smoke - nearly 200 miles (320 kms) in diameter - covers the state of Roraima, 2,000 miles (3,200 kms) northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
Local experts say it could take more than 100 years for the area to fully recover.
These raging forest fires in northwestern Brazil are some of the worst ever seen.
The fires have destroyed about 22,000 square miles of pasture and forest in the 90,000-square-mile state of Roraima and claimed about 12,000 head of cattle.
Crop damage is estimated at 36 (m) million U-S dollars so far.
Indigenous tribes in the area are in danger of losing their lands to the fire as strong winds drive it relentlessly forwards.
Supplies of food for this Taurepang (tribe) village are low and residents are singing and praying for the fires to stop.
The fires are also threatening the Yanomami Indian reservation, home to about 3,000 Yanomami Indians, considered the world's largest surviving Stone Age tribe.
But local authorities, with only 80 firefighters and six fire engines, are unable to control the fires and rain is not expected until early April.