Chile’s wildfires kill at least 112

10:36, Monday, 05 February, 2024
Chile’s wildfires kill at least 112

The death toll from raging wildfires in Chile has risen to at least 112 people, with hundreds more missing, authorities have said.

President Gabriel Boric on Sunday warned that casualties would rise “significantly” as forest fires continued to blaze in the central region of Valparaiso.

“It is Chile as a whole that suffers and mourns our dead,” Boric said in a televised speech. “We are facing a tragedy of very great magnitude.”

Authorities said 200 people were reported missing in and around the city of Viña del Mar, a popular beach resort where some of the most intense fires have raged.

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