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‘A Nightmare Without An End’

Posted by feww on January 28, 2017

Fatal Fires Consume Thousands of Homes in Chile

  • Up to 4,000 km² of forest and agricultural land and scores of farm animals have been consumed by the wildfires since November.
  • The regions of O’Higgins and Maule, Bio Bio, Araucania and Los Lagos are among the most devastated areas.
  • More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in the city of Santa Olga, located about 360 km south of the capital, Santiago, forcing more than 6,000 residents to flee.
  • About 4,500 fire crews are currently deployed to extinguish the wildfires.
  • At least a dozen people, mostly fire crews and policemen, have lost their lives.
  • “States of catastrophe” have been declared in regions of O’Higgins and El Maule.
  • The authorities have reported about 3,000 fires in the drought-stricken regions since July, with more blazes forecast amid high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
  • Dozens of blazes continue burning uncontrollably.
  • The forest fires are said to be the worst in living memory to hit Chile.
  • “This is an extremely serious situation—of horror, a nightmare without an end,” Carlos Valenzuela, the mayor of the coastal city of Constitucion told DW. “Everything’s burned.”

 

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