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  • Updated: February 05, 2024

Chile wildfires death toll rises to 112

Chile wildfires death toll rises to 112

A wildfire burns at the Trapeza village, in Achaia Peloponnese, July 2023. (EPA Photo)

The death toll from devastating wildfires in Chile has climbed to at least 112 people, with hundreds more still missing, according to authorities.

The fires have particularly impacted the city of Viña del Mar, a popular beach resort, where 200 people are reported missing amidst intense blazes.

Several neighbourhoods in Viña del Mar have been decimated by flames, leaving residents to grapple with the destruction of their homes.

Approximately 26,000 hectares of land across central and southern Chile have been consumed by the fires, as reported by the national disaster service SENAPRED.

A massive deployment of resources, including 1,400 firefighters, 1,300 military personnel, and firefighting helicopters and airplanes, has been mobilized to combat the blazes.

The current wildfire season in Chile has proven to be particularly deadly, surpassing previous records for fatalities.

The fires have been exacerbated by record high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds attributed to the El Niño weather pattern.

Scientists have cautioned that such natural disasters, fueled by climate change-induced warming temperatures, are likely to become more frequent and severe in the future.

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