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Forest fires: Number of deaths in forest fires in Chile rises to at least 112

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Forest fires: Number of deaths in forest fires in Chile rises to at least 112

At least 112 people have died in the fires in Chile. The government has announced two days of national mourning to honor the dead.

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According to the latest information from the authorities, at least 112 people have died as a result of the forest fires in Chile. This was announced by the SML authority responsible for recording the deaths. According to the Interior Ministry of the South American country, 32 of the victims have already been identified.

President Gabriel Boric had previously spoken of 64 deaths during a visit to Quilpué, west of the particularly affected coastal town of Viña del Mar. The government expects the number of deaths to rise significantly.

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The fires have also caused extensive damage to the infrastructure: thousands of houses have been damaged or destroyed; in the Valparaíso region alone there are more than 3,000, according to Interior Minister Carolina Tohá. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed by the fire, cars burned, and tens of thousands of hectares of forest were destroyed. In total, the forestry authority registered 188 fires across the country covering an area of ​​more than 29,000 hectares.

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During his visit to the Valparaíso region, Boric spoke of the “greatest tragedy” since the strong earthquake in 2010 with more than 500 deaths. He had already declared a state of emergency in the affected areas on Friday in order to be able to mobilize all the necessary resources. He announced two days of national mourning starting this Monday in honor of the dead. The mayor of Viña del Mar, Macarena Ripamonti, spoke of an “unprecedented catastrophe”. There has never been a crisis of this magnitude in the Valparaíso region, she said.

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