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Chile appreciates Mexico’s help to face fires (+Photo)

Chile appreciates Mexico’s help to face fires (+Photo)

Santiago de Chile, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, today thanked his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, for sending 150 brigadiers to face the large-scale fires affecting the center-south of the country.

International cooperation and Latin American support present’, wrote Boric in his Twitter account.

The contingent arrived in Concepcion this morning, capital of the Biobio region, one of the most devastated by the flames, which also have spread to Ñuble, La Araucania, Los Lagos and Maule.

These forest fires are considered the deadliest in a decade and have so far caused 26 deaths and nearly 1,000 injuries.

The blazes also destroyed 1,81 000 homes and devastated more than 250,000 hectares.

As a result of the request for international aid, brigades from Argentina and Spain arrived in Chile, while other countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela are preparing technical and humanitarian assistance.

Last night, a plane landed at Arturo Merino Benitez airport with 50 members of the Spanish Military Emergency Unit, which has the latest technological equipments, including drones specialized in fire extinctions.

A DC-10 Air Tanker aircraft, known as Ten Tanker, which has a capacity of 36 thousand liters of water and will help to fight the fire in all the affected areas, also landed in the country.


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