Putting a face to the name: images from the aftermath of powerful Valparaiso fire

On Saturday, April 12 a fire started in the cerros altos of Valparaiso and quickly spread due to winds, a dry climate and, in some areas, lack of water. The powerful fire raged on for more than 24 hours, destroying over 500 homes.

On Saturday evening, the power was cut in much of the city due to two electrical explosions related to the fire.

Chilean President announced the city of Valparaiso in a state of emergency and the military was called in to help protect the city and its citizens. Emergency vehicles arrived and are attending to the scene from all over the region — including Santiago.

As of Sunday mid-day, 11 people in total had been killed; over 10,000 people have been evacuated thus far.

Local churches, universities and schools are sheltering the displaced, distributing supplies and aiding the injured.

According to El Mundo, At approximately 4:30 p.m., the fire re-started along another part of the city. As of the writing of this post, it is still being combated by firefighters.


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