SANTIAGO – The United Arab Emirates on Monday donated $5 million to help Chile deal with the emergency caused by forest fires, adding to the aid provided by the United States, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the Chinese Red Cross.
President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz met with UAE Ambassador Abdullah Mohammed Almaainah to officially receive the assistance, which had been announced in Abu Dahbi on Feb. 2.
Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, France, Spain, Venezuela, Panama, Brazil, Russia and Japan are also assisting Chile, providing experts, tools, equipment and aircraft to control the wildfires.
These donations complement the $6.27 million received in cash and the help of more than 600 crew members, the Office of the President said.
The active forest fires burning in Chile have been reduced to just 43, the National Forestry Service (CONAF) said Monday.
The wildfires have scorched 594,434 hectares (1.5 million acres) since the dry season began in July.
The fires have killed 11 people and displaced 7,471 others, of whom 469 are still living in shelters.
The blazes have destroyed 16,400 houses this season, the national emergency management office said.