Tag Archives: michelle bachelet

Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’

forest fire in litueche, 150 km south of santiago
Picture taken during a forest fire in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017.
The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in several central areas due to forest fires that have destroyed more than 140,000 hectares of woods so far. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

Flames have destroyed 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of land in the center of the country and at least 4,000 people have been evacuated

LITUECHE, Chile (Jan. 25, 2017) — Chile’s president ordered extra funds Tuesday, January 24, to be spent on fighting the country’s worst forest fires ever, as frantic locals called for help to save their homes, animals and farmland. Continue reading Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’