At least 22 people have died in connection with widespread forest fires in south-central Chile, according to government officials, Report informs via CNN.
Interior Minister Carolina Tohá confirmed during a news conference on Saturday that 22 people were dead. There were 1,429 people in shelters, 554 injured and 16 suffering severe burns who were in serious condition, she said.
Twenty-eight of the hundreds of fires in Chile in recent days have burned the amount of forest and woodland the country typically loses over the course of a year, Tohá said.
The minister also described record high temperatures in several of the affected regions of Chile.
“The thermometer has reached levels that we’ve never seen until now,” Tohá said.
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