(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
At least 13 people died in southern Chile due to raging forest
fires, which have consumed at least 8,333 hectares, official
sources said Friday, trend reports citing xinhua .
Interior Minister Carolina Toha told reporters that four people
had died in the commune of Santa Juana in the Biobio region, one of
the areas most affected by the fires some 550 km south of the
They were either overtaken by the fire and burned or had an
accident when they tried escaping the fire, she said.
Toha said that there are currently 151 active fires, with 65
under control and 39 being combatted.
On Friday, President Gabriel Boric decreed a state of emergency
in the Biobio and Nuble regions.
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