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131 dead in fire-ravaged Chile – many unknown

Since last Friday, several wildfires have paralyzed Chile. The areas surrounding the coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso were most at risk.

Dry air and temperatures around 40 degrees made it difficult to put out the fires.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that 131 people had been confirmed dead so far. Of these, only 35 have been identified. In addition, hundreds of people are still missing as a result of the devastation caused by the fires.

AP He writes that Many of the bodies were severely damaged and therefore difficult to identify. Therefore, forensic workers must now use DNA analyzes of people whose relatives have been reported missing.

The fires that broke out in recent days have destroyed many residential areas, not least in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.  Photo of Villa Independinka.

Photography: Javier Torres/AFP

Furthermore, Reuters wrote that the fire brigade was still working to put out several “smaller fires” in the countryside during the day on Tuesday.

President of Chile Har National days of mourning were declared on Monday and Tuesday in honor of all fire victims.

In a statement on his website he writes UNDRThe United Nations agency that works to reduce disaster risks said it believed this was the deadliest forest fire in the country's history.

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