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Chile fights forest fires, prepares for reconstruction

Santiago, Chile, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Firefighters from Chile and several countries on Saturday continue to fight the forest fires in the country's central-south region, where some 400,000 hectares of land were affected and are considered among the worst in the last decade.

According to the authorities’ latest report, 181 fires are under control, and 98 are currently being combatted.

Brigades from this country, alongside others from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia, among other nations, are working to extinguish the fires.

The fires killed 24 people, injured some 2,000, destroyed 1,180 homes, and affected 5,500 persons. They also damaged schools, healthcare centers, and communication stations, mainly in the regions of Ñuble, Biobío, and La Araucanía.

During a tour of the commune of Quillón, in Ñuble, Chilean President Gabriel Boric assured that emergency housing would be built in the region before the winter season starts.

This week, the government also announced a 13-measure package to alleviate the situation of the families affected by the emergency, including financial, fiscal, labor, and material support.


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