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Death toll from forest fires in Chile rises to 26


Death toll from forest fires in Chile rises to 26

Santiago de Chile, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the forest fires that have been affecting central-southern Chile since the beginning of the month increased to 26, the National Service for Disaster Prevention and Response (Senapred) reported.

The victim is a Belgian citizen, married to a Chilean woman, who lived in the Biobío region and had been hospitalized for several days due to burns.

Biobío concentrates the highest number of deaths due to forest fires, with 17 cases, followed by La Araucanía (8) and Ñuble (1).

The forest fires, considered the deadliest in a decade, also caused some 2,000 injuries and 7,657 victims. The flames destroyed 2,410 homes and more than 450,000 hectares of forests, crops and pastures.


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