The death toll in the wave of fires in central-southern Chile rises to 22


At least 16 people are injured in critical condition. The fires coincide with a prolonged drought that has lasted for more than 13 years and an unprecedented heat wave in the south.

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The Chilean government has reported that the number of people who have lost their lives in the severe fires affecting the center and south of the country stands at 22 and that there are also at least 16 more injured in a “critical” condition.

The worst affected regions are Ñuble, Biobío and La Araucanía, areas with intensive agricultural and forestry activities located respectively 400, 500 and 700 kilometers south of the capital and where the government State of constitutional exception to catastrophe.

According to the latest report from the Department of the Interior’s National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (SENAPRED), more than 45,000 hectares have been destroyed and there are currently 251 active fires nationwide, 80 of which are in combat.

In addition, about 1,500 people are refugees in about thirty shelters and there are 554 injured, of which at least 16 in a “critical” condition.

The fires coincide with a long drought that has lasted for more than 13 years and with an unprecedented heat wave in the south, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius in southern areas in the coming hours.

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Source: EITB


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