Media advisory - Chile wildfires / South Korea Ferry accident

Publié: 16 avril 2014

Chile: Fires continue to burn across port city of Valparaiso

A wildfire broke out on Saturday, 12 April 2014, in Camino La Polvora, in the port city of Valparaiso. Latest reports indicate that over 2,000 homes have been consumed by the fires and more than 12,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. At least 15 people have died and many more injured. Concerns are growing as the fire continues on a destructive path across the commune and strong winds are spurring new fires, damaging more homes and prompting further evacuations.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released over CHF 235,000 from its disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) to support the Chilean Red Cross in providing critical assistance to those who have been affected. A joint task force will be carrying out a detailed assessment of the situation in the coming days.

A set of photos is available at:

The Red Cross Red Crescent has spokespeople in Chile who are available for interviews:

  • Leticia Escanilla, Chilean Red Cross. Tel: +56 978 012 057. Email: (Interviews can be done in English and Spanish)
  • Jorge Orellana, Chilean Red Cross. Tel: +56 91047435. Email: (Interviews can be done in English and Spanish)
  • Gustavo Ramirez, - IFRC Regional Representative. Tel: +56 227 370 270. Email: (In Spanish only)

For more information or to arrange for interviews, please contact: In Panama:

  • Enrique Jair Guevara, Communications Officer, Americas Zone, IFRC

Mobile : +507 66707365 – E-mail :

In Geneva:

  • Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, Senior Communications Officer, IFRC  

Mobile: +41 79 213 24 13   Email:



South Korea: Ferry accident

A multi-deck ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea’s biggest ferry disasters since 1993 when 292 people died.

Korean Red Cross Action:

The Korean Red Cross has deployed 50 volunteers and at least 7 staff members to a temporary coordination centre set up in a gymnasium where family members of the ferry passengers are waiting for more news and also meeting rescued passengers.

500 blankets have been distributed and volunteers and staff are on hand to provide further support and relief supplies throughout the night.

A Korean Red Cross mobile kitchen is on hand to provide hot meals to as many as 1,000 - 1,500 people throughout the night and Thursday morning.

For more information please contact:

In Korea

Mr. Huimo Nam +821052450461 Email:

Ms. Juja Kim +82 1047447030 Email:; Korean Red Cross International Relations Team

In China

Francis Markus, East Asia Regional Communications Delegate, IFRC +86 139 100 96892 email:

In Geneva:

  • Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, Senior Communications Officer, IFRC

Mobile: +41 79 213 24 13   Email: