Death Toll In Chile Forest Fires Rises To 22


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Santiago: The death toll in forest fires raging through Chile has risen to 22. The National Disaster Prevention and Response Service in Chile said that there were 251 active fires, 80 of them out of control. At least 24 people have been injured.

The fires, sparked by a devastating heat wave, have threatened several rural towns, destroying at least 88 homes and sweeping through 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) of forest, officials said.

Some 2,300 firefighters and 75 aircraft have been deployed in the region.

The heatwave, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius, prompts fears of a reoccurrence of the 2017 disaster when widespread fires left 11 people dead and nearly 6000 injured, and destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

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