Severe wildfires rage in Colombia, prompting massive evacuations

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Massive fires continued to envelop forests surrounding the Colombian capital of Bogota on Tuesday. The city was gasping in thick smoke, forcing the authorities to evacuate Congress, universities and schools in the downtown area. Supported by aerial units, firefighters, together with military troops and locals, have been trying to extinguish the fires. The disaster was caused by the dry season, which has intensified under the weather phenomenon El-Nino.