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Brazil to increase army presence on border with VenezuelaWed, 14 Feb, 2018 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

Brazil to increase army presence on border with Venezuela Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos talks to the media after a meeting with regional authorities in Cucuta, Colombia February 8, 2018. REUTERS/CARLOS EDUARDO RAMIREZ
Brazil's government will declare an emergency in its northern border state of Roraima to boost funding and troops to help control an influx of Venezuelan refugees into the country, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Wednesday.

Thousands of Venezuelans escaping economic crisis in the Andean country have crossed the border with Brazil in recent months. The local government said Venezuelan arrivals represent 10 percent of the population of Roraima's capital, Boa Vista, or around 40,000 people, straining public services.

According to Jungmann, the armed forces will double troop numbers in the state, set up a field hospital and create a screening center for Venezuelans.

Brazilian President Michel Temer flew to Boa Vista on Monday for meetings with local authorities to assess the situation.

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