The number of people who lost their lives in the forest fires that continued in the central and southern parts of Chile reached 13.
Death toll in forest fires in Chile rises to 13
Forest fires caused by the heat wave that affected Chile, the South American country, continue. While the fight against flames continues in different parts of the country, especially in the Nuble and Biobio regions, The Loss Of Life Is increasing.
According to the statement made by local authorities, a total of 11 people, including a firefighter, lost their lives in the town of Santa Juana in Biobio, 500 kilometers south of the capital, Santiago.
Chilean Agriculture Minister Esteban Valenzuela stated that a firefighting helicopter crashed in the south of La Araucania, and the Bolivian pilot and Chilean technician died.
Interior Minister Carolina Toha also stated that there were 39 fires across the country and hundreds of homes were damaged. Chilean President Gabriel Boric interrupted his vacation and moved to the Nuble and Biobio regions, which have a population of about 2 million. “My job as president today is to ensure that all resources are ready for the emergency so people feel they are not alone,” Boric said.
Boric also said there are “signs” that some of the fires may have been set deliberately.
So far, 14 thousand hectares of land have turned to ash in the fires.