This is the moment smoke caused by the Amazon wildfires approaches the Uruguayan coast forming a dark, boat-like formation in the sky that netizens referred to as a “ghost ship”.
The clip was filmed off the Uruguayan capital Montevideo on the southern coast of the South American country.
Video Credit: CEN/@Sergio38860558
The Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay said in a statement that the smoke fromt eh Brazilian fires has not yet caused any adverse effects, but reminded residents that it could “harm in different ways”.
According to meteorologist Nestor Santayana, the smoke is high enough in the atmosphere to not pose any issues, however the Ministry of Public Health still advised people to seek medical attention if they suffer eye, throat or chest problems.
The people most at risk of “breathing smoke from the Amazon wildfires are pregnant women, children and anyone with respiratory or heart problems”, according to the ministry.
The Uruguayan authorities reported the appearance of a fog in the morning and dark smoke after midday.
Video Credit: CEN/@RafaaCastillo14
In the morning, the wildfire fog caused the Carrasco International Airport to divert several flights due to lack of visibility, although normal service was resumed by midday, according to local media.
Meanwhile, Argentina’s National Weather Service reportedly said that smoke from the Amazon wildfires has reached several provinces in the north of the country while also appearing in the eastern capital Buenos Aires.
At the moment, experts do not believe that the smoke will travel further south.
So far, nearly 81,000 fires have been reported in Brazil, 78 percent higher than last year’s figures for the same period, according to the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).
The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.