Chile: Forest Fires, Feb 2023
 Situation overview
  • • The total number of forest fires has decreased. Out of 180 fires, there are still 11 fires of major relevance     

    • A state of emergency is maintained in several areas in the regions of Biobío,
    Ñuble and Araucanía.

    • The number of people affected has increased to 7,009. The total number of people dead is 25, one more since the last report. There are 94 shelters available, 15 in 8 municipalities, housing 120 people in vulnerable situation.

    • Most of the affected families are not in shelters. Many remain on their land, removing debris, beginning the rehabilitation of their homes and looking for ways to reactivate their livelihoods. In many cases, children and adolescents are in the care of friends and relatives, which can lead to situations of vulnerability.

    • Government deployment on the ground is done through COGRIDs, where all sectoral agencies are in charge of response and recovery.

    • Recovery measures continue with the provision of temporary shelters (housing). Livelihood recovery is essential for subsistence farmers, small producers and indigenous people.

    • The United Nations System has carried out specific emergency response actions and in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs there is a working space with the Ministry of Social Development and Family, Ministry of the Interior and SENAPRED. Meetings have also been held with the international community to ensure timely and coordinated action in response to Chile's call for international assistance.

    • The deployment of the UNDAC team to the field has allowed for initial feedback on the areas where UN Chile can best complement the ongoing response, with a focus on communication and participation.

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