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At least 46 lifeless in forest fires in Chile

Burnt-out houses in Vina del Mar, Chile - in some places the forest fires are also reaching residential areas Burnt-out houses in Vina del Mar, Chile - in some places the forest fires are also reaching residential areas

Burnt-out homes in Vina del Mar, Chile – in some locations the forest fires are additionally reaching residential areas

Quelle: AP/Esteban Felix

Severe fires are raging in Chile after unusually excessive temperatures, and in some areas residents have been requested to remain of their houses. President Gabriel Boric speaks of 46 deaths. But it’s already clear that the quantity will proceed to rise.

BAccording to new data, a minimum of 46 individuals have died in extreme forest fires in Chile. President Gabriel Boric stated on Saturday within the capital Santiago de Chile that 40 individuals had died within the flames. Six others died on account of burns. It is already clear that the variety of deaths will proceed to rise.

Chile recorded unusually excessive temperatures this week. The deadliest fires raged within the Valparaiso area, the place residents have been urged to remain of their houses to permit fireplace vans, ambulances and different emergency automobiles to maneuver ahead unhindered.

Interior Minister Carolina Tohá not too long ago reported 19 deaths and in addition warned of an rising variety of victims. President Boric made the feedback after a helicopter flight over the affected areas.

A burning house in the Chilean coastal town of Vina del Mar, Chile

A burning home within the Chilean coastal city of Vina del Mar, Chile


Tohá stated on Saturday that two fires close to the cities of Quilpué and Villa Alemana had burned 8,000 hectares of land since Friday. One of the fires threatened the coastal resort of Viña del Mar. Three emergency shelters have been arrange within the Valparaiso area. Rescue employees have been nonetheless attempting to achieve the hardest-hit neighborhoods, Tohá stated. 19 helicopters and greater than 450 firefighters have been dropped at the realm.

The El Niño climate phenomenon has brought about drought and unusually excessive temperatures in western South America this 12 months. The drought has elevated the danger of forest fires. In January, fires destroyed greater than 17,000 hectares of forest in Colombia.

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