On Tuesday, January 31, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (fire extinguishing agents) to the Republic of Chile, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Chile following serious damage from the forest fire in the country.
Forest fires broke out at the beginning of this month in the V Region (Valparaiso Region) of Chile. Since then, forest fires have spread over a wide area of the country. According to an announcement by government authorities, as of January 30, 366,519 hectares have been affected, 11 people including firefighters have been killed, 3,782 people have been affected, and approximately 1,000 people have taken refuge. There are concerns about further expansion of the damage, depending on the conditions there.
The Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view, as well as in light of the friendly relationship between Japan and the Republic of Chile.