Death toll rises as wildfire wipes out Chilean town of Santa Olga | News | DW.COM | 27.01.2017

Chile requests international aid

Forest fires are common in Chile’s parched, wooded areas during the hot summer months. However, serious drought has made the fires this year particularly difficult to contain. Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has called the fires “the greatest forest disaster” in the Chile’s history. The country has turned to the international community, requesting aid to tackle the wildfires. Heraldo Munoz, Chile’s foreign minister, said the United States, Canada and various other countries have offered help. Meanwhile, Bachelet tweeted on Thursday that the country had accepted additional super tanker planes and helicopters from Russia.

Source: Death toll rises as wildfire wipes out Chilean town of Santa Olga | News | DW.COM | 27.01.2017