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Chile Wildfire Crisis: 200 Missing, 1,600 Displaced, and 121 Dead as Blazes Ravage the Nation


Mon 05 Feb 2024 | 10:36 PM
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By Ahmad El-Assasy

In a devastating update from Chile, authorities have reported that 200 individuals are currently missing and another 1,600 have been forced from their homes due to widespread wildfires tearing through various parts of the country. 

The fires, which have been raging for several days, have tragically claimed the lives of 121 people so far.

According to Euro News, the Chilean authorities have recorded approximately 165 wildfires across ten regions, with the majority still uncontained, scorching an area exceeding 100,000 hectares.

In response to the crisis, President Gabriel Boric declared a two-day national mourning period earlier today. He also pledged to pursue those responsible for deliberately starting these massive fires, should any be identified.

The Chilean government is mobilizing all available resources to combat the fires and assist affected communities. The international community has also expressed solidarity with Chile during this challenging time, with offers of aid and support.

As Chile grapples with this unprecedented disaster, the resilience of its people and the collective efforts of firefighters, volunteers, and international partners highlight the global nature of combating natural calamities.