24 dead, a thousand injured and 10 detainees leave fires in Chile

A neighbor helps extinguish the fire in the town of Santa Juana, in Chile.

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The Government of Chile reported that there are ten people detained for their alleged involvement in the devastating fires that are destroying thousands of hectares in the central and southern regions of the country. “The intentional generation of fires will be criminally prosecuted by the Government. The sentences range from 5 to 20 years," said the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve.

In addition, in the last hours a man who was hospitalized in the town of Angol, in the region of La Araucanía, died due to the serious injuries he suffered, which increased to 24 the balance of fatalities. Monsalve indicated that in addition "there are 26 people hospitalized" in extremely serious conditions. In total, there are 997 people injured as a result of the fires.

A provisional balance delivered by the authorities speaks of more than 100,000 hectares destroyed and 800 houses destroyed by the flames, which have been favored by the winds and temperatures that have bordered 40 degrees. According to the latest report from the National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (Senapred), there are currently 260 active fires throughout the country, of which 51 are out of control.

Brussels ready to help

Undersecretary Monsalve assured that "the activity of the fires during the course of the night was less than expected" because temperatures have moderated slightly, but he warned that starting Tuesday the south will face a new heat wave. President Gabriel Boric, for his part, attended the wake of a firefighter in the town of Coronel.

The whole of Chile cries with you. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, that Yesenia's family (Muñoz, the deceased firefighter) will not be alone"said the president. The European Commission, meanwhile, said it was "prepared" to help Chile "so that the most affected areas receive the necessary support," wrote the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, on his Twitter profile.

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