At least 51 people have died in the devastating wildfires in Chile. Many are missing. So the number of casualties is expected to increase. This information was revealed in a report of the news agency Reuters.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric said at least 46 people had died in the wildfires and six more died in hospital with burns.
According to the BBC report, the coastal tourist town of Viña del Mar was the worst affected. The city’s mayor said more than two hundred residents were reported missing in the fire.
More than 43,000 hectares of land have been damaged by the fire, according to Chile’s Ministry of the Interior. Higher-than-normal temperatures and strong winds have fueled the wildfires.
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.