Santiago, Jan 17 (IANS) The National Emergency Office of the Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (ONEMI) reported that 3,230 hectares of land have been consumed by forest fires in the past two days in the Valparaiso region.
Ina statement on Saturday, the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) said the forest fires were still raging in the Lago Penuelas National Reserve and Hacienda Las Palmas 2, reports Xinhua news agency.
Although the fires are under control, they have not been extinguished.
"It is a giant perimeter, and we are mainly concerned about the advance towards the western sector. The other fronts are quite confined and have low spread," CONAF Director Sandro Bruzzone said.
The Valparaiso regional secretary of health, Francisco Alvarez, said that three patients that tested positive for the novel coronavirus were evacuated from the area near the fires and are now in isolation.
On Friday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said that authorities had reason to believe that the fires were set intentionally, and investigators had filed a criminal complaint against the perpetrators.
"(The fire) could have turned into a true tragedy. Fortunately, early, timely, committed and efficient work has allowed us to control this fire," he said.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Oil marketing companies have spared consumers of yet another petrol and diesel price hike even though the global oil market is on the boil with crude reaching within touching distance of year-high-level of $70 a barrel.
Petrol continues to be priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital on Saturday. Across the country too, the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged.
This is seventh consecutive day when pump prices of auto fuels have remains unchanged.
After a spike in global oil prices seen over last two weeks with crude price jumping close to $67 a barrel, prices had fallen to around $63 a barrel but it rose again to cross $69 a barrel mark now after after the OPEC+ decision to continue with crude production cut in April.
Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, price have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol while diesel rate has risen by Rs 4.34 a litre in Delhi.
The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.
The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.
Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.