At least 112 people have been killed in wildfires in Chile’s Valparaiso region. Hundreds of people are still missing. Authorities fear that the death toll may increase.
This information was revealed in a BBC report. A state of emergency has been declared in the country. Besides, the residents of the dangerous areas have been instructed to move to safer places.
Meanwhile, Chilean President Gabriel Boric has warned that the country is going to face a major disaster due to the wildfires.
In announcing the emergency, he said that all necessary assistance will be provided to deal with the fire situation. The government has also issued health warnings. Residents are being evacuated from at-risk areas.
Meanwhile, the fire is spreading rapidly due to strong winds. Fire service personnel have to gain speed in controlling the fire. The authorities have deployed the army with the help of fire service personnel besides imposing a curfew from 9 pm in the most affected areas.
It is believed to be the deadliest wildfire in Chile’s recorded history. Many houses have been burnt to ashes. The worst hit was the coastal tourist town of Viña del Mar. The city’s mayor said more than two hundred residents were reported missing in the fire. Many of the victims were visiting the coastal region for summer vacations.
About 1 million people live in central Chile. Firefighters are using helicopters and trucks to douse the blaze after it broke out. Rescue teams are trying to reach all affected areas, authorities said. Several roads have been closed due to the fire and the communication system has been disrupted.