Chile Wildfires Claim 112 Lives in Valparaíso Region, State of Emergency Declared

Chile is battling devastating wildfires in the central region, with the Valparaíso area being severely affected. The fires have claimed at least 112 lives, with the death toll expected to rise. Authorities are working to contain 40 active fires, and there is an ongoing investigation into whether some of the blazes were started intentionally. The disaster has led to massive destruction, including thousands of homes being destroyed and significant economic damage.

  • At least 112 people have died in wildfires in the Valparaíso region of Chile.
  • Authorities have reported 40 active fires and anticipate the death toll may increase.
  • The wildfires are considered the deadliest on record in Chile.
  • Investigations are underway to determine if some fires were deliberately set.
  • Between 3,000 to 6,000 homes have been destroyed, causing economic damage in the hundreds of millions.
  • Medical students are being recruited to assist in temporary field hospitals.
  • President Gabriel Boric has compared the disaster’s scale to the 2010 earthquake in Chile.
  • International aid is anticipated, echoing support seen for Colombia’s recent fires.

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