CNN 21 May 2020

Drone footage captures mass graves dug in Brazil


CNN's Nick Paton Walsh takes us inside of an ICU in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where medical personnel are struggling to meet the needs of those infected with coronavirus.

Four million acres have gone up in flames across the US West Coast. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced so far. At least 35 people have died from the wildfires since early August.
A graveyard in East Jakarta, designated as a burial ground for coronavirus victims, has been expanded to accommodate the rising number of deaths in the city, according to local media.

Drone footage shot, Wednesday, September 16, shows land being prepared and coffins being lowered into the ground at Pondok Ranggon cemetery.

Local reports say the government plans to expand the area to about 6,500 square meters as the number of graves required hit 30 to 40 per day, compared to 10 daily in the past.

Indonesia reported 3,635 new cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday, September 17, with 122 new deaths, data from the country's health ministry showed.

After the rice crop is harvested on a farm in Nakhon Pathom province, a flock of around 10,000 ducks is released from a pen and instinctively stream towards the flooded fields to devour pests such as snails hiding in the rice stubble.

Drone footage, capturing the spectacle that resembles animal migration, shows the birds zigzagging across the fields as they head towards the nutrient-rich rice paddies without any guidance.

This has long been a tradition in the area and other parts of the region. Thais call it "ped lai thoong," which means "field chasing ducks."

The Khaki Campbell ducks, a British breed, are brought to rice fields after 20 days in a nursery and will be raised on the move for the next few months. After roaming free for about five months, they are returned to the duck farm to produce eggs for up to three years.

"The benefit (for the breeder) is that we reduce costs to feed the ducks," said Apiwat Chalermklin, 34, a breeder who took over the business from his father. "And in return, for the rice farmers the ducks help eat pests from the farm and the farmers can reduce the use of chemicals and pesticides."

Drone footage taken Thursday, September 17 shows the devastation wrought in Berry Creek after wildfires destroyed most of the town in Northern California last week.

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