Chile president laments 'tragedy' as wildfires kill 64; toll seen rising

Chile president laments
# 04 February 2024 21:50 (UTC +04:00)

Fires devastating parts of central Chile have killed at least 64 people and the country faces a "tragedy of very great magnitude," President Gabriel Boric said on Sunday, as he warned that the death toll likely will surge in coming days, APA reports citing Reuters.

Wildfires that began several days ago are menacing the outer edges of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, two coastal cities popular with tourists. The urban sprawl of those cities accounts for more than a million residents west of the capital Santiago.

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