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Nicaragua fires: aid from Costa Rica rejected as blaze destroys rainforest

Environmentalists sound alarm after 5,000 hectares consumed in week-long fire but rain offers glimmer of hope

Fires have raged in one of Nicaragua’s most important protected areas of tropical forest for more than a week, but the government has rejected an offer of assistance from neighbouring Costa Rica.

A sudden rain shower on Tuesday offered some hope that the blaze in the Indio Maíz biological reserve on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast could be contained, but environmentalists in the Central American country have called on the government to appeal for international help after the fires consumed more than 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres) of tropical rainforest.

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