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Monday, February 27, 2017

FLOODS,three dead, 19 missing, central Chile

© Reuters. People walk along a damage road after a flood near Santiago, Chile
© Reuters. People walk along a damaged road after a flood near Santiago, Chile

By Gram Slattery

By Gram Slattery

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - At least three people are dead and 19 others missing after heavy rains 
struck Chile over the weekend during the country's usually dry summer months, causing mudslides
and water outages in the South American nation, officials said on Sunday.

3 dead as floods cause landslides, 
water cuts in Chile

February 26, 2017

The rains, which caused rivers to overflow their banks in mountain valleys near Chile's capital,
 Santiago, had isolated 373 people, the Onemi emergency service said late on Sunday.

The drinking-water supply for over a million households in Santiago had been affected, and 
Aguas Andinas, the company that provides water to the capital, said rains were making 
repairs difficult.

A woman tries to cross river rocks where there had been a bridge.

"Emergency teams are working on the ground to connect with isolated persons and
 re-establish the water supply wherever possible," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet 
wrote on Twitter.

In the O'Higgins region, south of Santiago, a 12-year-old girl was killed when a landslide 
swept away the car in which she was traveling.

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In the San Jose de Maipo valley, directly above the city, emergency crews had to clear the 
roads of debris before residents could evacuate to lower, less mountainous ground.

It was the second major flooding event to hit central Chile in the past year. Last April, heavy 
rains battered the San Jose de Maipo valley, killing one and shutting production at some of 
the largest copper mines in the world.

Mining giants Antofagasta, state-owned Codelco [COBRE.UL], and Anglo American have 
sizeable deposits in the zone affected by this weekend's rains.

All three said production had not been affected.

(Reporting by Gram Slattery; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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