The death toll from wildfires in Chile’s coastal regions has risen to 99. Hundreds of people are missing. A state of emergency has been declared in view of the situation. This information was revealed in a BBC report.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric declared a state of emergency and said that all necessary assistance will be provided to deal with the fire situation.
It is believed to be the deadliest wildfire in Chile’s recorded history. Many of the victims were visiting the coastal Valparaiso area for summer vacation. The Ministry of Health issued a health alert in the area.
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.
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.