A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (31 January) on the forest fires in Chile:
Forest fires are still raging in Chile. A veritable inferno of destruction has blazed through the country. The countless wildfires have cost many lives and injured huge numbers of people. We share in Chile’s pain, and hope that it will soon prove possible to bring this inferno entirely under control.
It is hard to imagine how those who have lost everything in the fires and have literally been left with nothing feel today.
We will not leave the Chileans to cope on their own. We have thus pledged 200,000 euros, which the German Red Cross will use in Chile to support the families affected and help to repair their homes, as well as to provide firefighting equipment and support the firefighters.
At this terrible time, we stand shoulder to shoulder with Chile.