Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017
Emergency officials in Chile are busy battling one of the worst wildfires in the country, which consumed an entire town and burned down most of the establishments as dry and hot weather gave birth to numerous forest fires.
In Maule region’s Santa Olga, the local authorities had to evacuate all the residents and travellers from the establishments before over 1,000 buildings flattened due to the massive inferno. The local authorities informed that during the rescue mission, fireman Hernán Avilés González got entangled in the wires inside the town and lost his life. It was known that at least four fire-fighters lost their lives battling the blaze. The local media revealed that the overall death toll in the area reached seven, including civilians, fire-fighters and police.
Around 5000 fire-fighters were employed by the government in Chile to battle over 90 wildfires, which scorched about 180,000 hectares of land. Countries like France, Mexico, Peru and US also sent help to battle the inferno. A Boeing 747-400 supertanker, with a capacity to hold 73,000 litres of water, from a Colorado air force base was also sent to aid the fire-fighters in Chile.
The Mayor Carlos Valenzuela informed what happened in Santa Olga and what they experienced there was literally like Dante’s Inferno. He also said that they were still recovering after the last earthquake, but this tragedy messed up everything for them.
The director of the civil organisation Orca Chile, Francisco Henríquez informed that it was the worst catastrophe they have had in a number of years and they believe that this surpasses any tragedy that they have had before, as this was much worse than when it was the earthquake or the floods.
The government in Chile has launched an investigation to find the reason behind the massive blazes.