China’s Red Cross has donated US$100,000 to the Chilean Red Cross to help areas affected by the forest fires that have ravaged the country’s south-central area. China’s ambassador to Chile, Niu Qingbao, made the announcement at a press conference at the Chilean Red Cross headquarters in Santiago, adding that the Chinese Embassy in Chile is collaborating with the Chilean Association of Municipalities to provide support. Meanwhile, Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister, José Miguel Ahumada, thanked China for its help and continued support, which consolidates the long history of support and solidarity between the two countries.
According to the latest data from Chile’s National Forestry Corporation, 321 forest fires are being fought in the country, of which 180 are under control and 94 are still burning. The fires have been burning for a week and have consumed more than 373,839 hectares, 1,250 houses have been destroyed, 24 people have died, 2,196 have been injured, and 5,419 people affected. The regions of Ñuble, Biobío and La Araucanía, the most severely affected, remain in a state of constitutional exception of catastrophe and, as of today, a curfew is in force in 28 comunas.
Digital, C. (2023). Informando los hechos noticiosos de Chile y el orbe. Cruz Roja de China hace una donación a Chile para combatir incendios forestales.