At least 46 dead in Chile as forest fires ravage densely populated areas

Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile have left at least 46 people dead and destroyed about 1,100 homes, officials said Saturday.”The number of victims will surely increase in the coming hours,” said Chilean President Gabriel Boric on Saturday.Chile’s Interior Minister Carolina Tohá said there were currently 92 forest fires burning in the center and south of the country, where temperatures have been unusually high this week.
The deadliest of the fires were occurring in the region of Valparaíso, where authorities urged people not to leave their homes so that fire engines, ambulances and other emergency vehicles can transit with greater ease.

Tohá did not offer any details about the people killed.