Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

A shield and a target: France's anti-terrorism operation 'Sentinelle'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc expose extent of sexual harassment

Read more

ENCORE!

Musical maestro Philippe Jordan on bringing passion to the Paris Opera

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Black day for democracy': Malta in mourning after top journalist is murdered

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Has the Weinstein scandal 'freed' women from their silence?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Europe’s newest face: Kurz’s election win indicates rightward shift for Austria

Read more

FOCUS

Turkey's brain drain: Turning their backs on limited freedom, declining economy

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Internet giants: Too big to be taxed?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU’s Karl-Heinz Lambertz: ‘Empowering regions and cities very important for Europe’s future’

Read more

Americas

Deadly wildfires ravage Chile, displace thousands

© PABLO VERA LISPERGUER, AFP | A young man evacuates the town of San Ramon, Chile, after a forest fire devastated the nearby town of Santa Olga, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, on January 26, 2017

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-01-30

Raging forest fires in central Chile have killed 10 people, displaced thousands and destroyed entire villages, the government said Thursday.

Multiple blazes fueled by strong wind and drought conditions have ravaged 273,000 hectares (680,000 acres) in just over a week.

The latest fatality was a fireman killed when a tree fell on his truck in the Biobio region 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of the capital Santiago, the regional government said.

So far five firefighters, two policemen and three local residents have been killed while battling the blazes.

Frantic locals have been joining in efforts to tackle the fire to save their homes, animals and farmland.

President Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday ordered extra funds to fight what she called the country's worst-ever forest fires.

At least 4,000 people were evacuated earlier this week, the National Emergency Office said.

More than 4,000 emergency workers are battling the blaze, with the help of water-dumping aircraft.

More hot and windy weather in the forecast raised fears the fires will continue to spread.

The fires have struck mainly in sparsely populated rural areas in the central regions of O'Higgins and El Maule.

Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz said the United States, Canada and various other countries have offered help.

Fires are common in Chile's parched woods during the southern hemisphere's summer. Most are caused by human activity.

But this year was considered worse because of a drought attributed by environmentalists to climate change.

(AFP)

Date created : 2017-01-28

  • CHILE

    Deadly Chile wildfire destroys entire town

    Read more

  • COPA AMERICA

    Chile storm into Copa America final with 2-0 win over Colombia

    Read more

  • Chile

    Student demonstrations in Chile turn violent

    Read more

COMMENT(S)