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Fatal fires and floods ravage parts of Chile and Peru

Fatal fires and floods ravage parts of Chile and Peru


<p>Parts of Chile are engulfed in flames as wildfires rage in central and southern areas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chile has survived earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Let’s give them a hand, they’re suffering the biggest fire ever registered there RT&Give <a href="https://t.co/wrh35pEccE">pic.twitter.com/wrh35pEccE</a></p>— 5H WorldWide News (@5HWWNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/5HWWNews/status/824711244062003200">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The flames have claimed the lives of at least 11 people, mostly firefighters and police officers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hills burn in Vichuquen, Chile, which is battling devastating forest fires – frantic locals beg for help to save homes, animals, farms <a href="https://t.co/JO1e0BDXRu">pic.twitter.com/JO1e0BDXRu</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/824065700499103744">January 25, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Five individuals have been arrested on suspicion of arson.</p> <p>The government says the fires are the worst in Chilean history.</p> <p>Further north in Peru torrential rains have caused fatal flooding.</p> <p>In the town of Lircay a post-colonial <a href="http://thepointsguy.com/2017/01/peru-hotel-collapse-into-river/">hotel</a> collapsed into the raging Sirca River.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Huancavelica?src=hash">#Huancavelica</a>: Desborde de río Sicra daña alrededor de 50 viviendas es distrito de Lircay <a href="https://t.co/aAYcFUwkGO">https://t.co/aAYcFUwkGO</a> <a href="https://t.co/Q5ukCXuMJt">pic.twitter.com/Q5ukCXuMJt</a></p>— Agencia Andina (@Agencia_Andina) <a href="https://twitter.com/Agencia_Andina/status/824678504646205440">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Authorities say four people have been killed by the waters, three trapped in a car that was swept away in the torrent. </p> <p>Forecasters say the heavy rain looks set to continue putting parts of central and southern Peru at risk of flooding until April.</p>