Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile caused at least 46 deaths
Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile caused at least 46 deaths & destruction of 1,100 homes on Feb 3
Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile have caused at least 46 deaths and destruction of at least 1,100 homes said officials on the 3rd of February. In a nationally televised address, President Gabriel Boric warned that the death toll could worsen as four large fires burn in the region of Valparaiso, where firefighters have struggled to reach the most threatened neighbourhoods.
Boric urged Chileans to cooperate with rescue workers. He said, the fires are advancing fast and climatic conditions have made them difficult to control. He added that there are high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. Interior Minister Carolina Tohá said that two fires near the towns of Quilpué and Villa Alemana had burned through at least 8,000 hectares (19,770 acres) since Friday.
The deadliest of the fires were in the Valparaíso region, where authorities urged thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Meanwhile, in areas farther away from the fires, residents were told to stay at home so that fire engines, ambulances and other emergency vehicles can get about on the roads with greater ease.