By Pablo Ramon Ochoa, Noelia F. Aceituno and Alba Santandreu

Buenos Aires/Asuncion/Sao Paulo, Aug 7 (efe-epa).- Southeastern South America's Parana River is suffering from a historic drought that is observable at its source in Brazil, along its passage through Paraguay and particularly in Argentina, where low water levels are preventing canals from serving as fire buffers and allowing wetlands on its parched banks to be devoured by flames.

Scant rainfall along each of the courses of Latin America's second-longest river are resulting in increasingly low water volumes, while the weather forecast indicates there will be little change in precipitation levels over the next few months.