A shipment of medical supplies is headed to Chile in response to a wildfire that burned near the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which forced nearly 7,000 people to evacuate their homes.
The delivery, bound for the Foundation for Education, Social, and Economic Development (FEDES), includes first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items for people evacuated to shelters.
Authorities reported last week that the fire was contained. One person was killed and nearly two dozen others injured. Direct Relief is expediting the shipment for the internally displaced families still living in temporary shelters.
A large supply of face masks are included in the shipment, which will also prepare FEDES for future disaster responses, like fires and volcanic eruptions.
The fire comes nearly one year after Direct Relief responded to a fire that spread through Valparaíso, killing 15 people and destroying at least 2,000 homes.
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