Over 100 people are dead in Chile as wildfires continue to rage through the country. Officials warn that this death toll is sadly expected to rise.
Here is the latest on this situation in South America as well as a drought that has gripped the Catalonia region of Spain over in Europe.
161 Active Wildfires Burning in Chile
The Chilean National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (SENAPRED) confirmed on Sunday that at least 112 people have lost their lives as a result of the 161 active wildfires sweeping through the country. Local officials said that only 32 bodies have been identified.
The El Oliver commune was hit particularly hard by the fires with dozens of vehicles and homes destroyed. The city of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar along the coast were also being engulfed by the flames and smoke.
Of the 161 active wildfires, only 102 were under the designation of being under control as of late Sunday.
The port city of Valparaiso is reporting that 372 residents are missing. This popular tourist town is located about 70 miles northwest of Santiago. Valparaiso is known for its rolling hills, charming old town area, and colorful homes and businesses that dot the landscape of the idyllic destination.
The latest report out of the Valparaiso region estimates that 1,400 homes have sustained damage as a result of the flames and accompanying smoke.
Chile’s Finance Minister Mario Marcel said on Sunday that the early estimates for monetary damage in Valparaiso are anticipated to exceed hundreds of millions of dollars.