Last Updated: Friday, March 27, 2015

Heaviest rain in 80 yrs hits Chile – 6 dead, 19 missing


Devastating floods in Chile have claimed lives of at least six people and left 19 others missing.

The downpours in the usually arid region have been the heaviest in about 80 years, Reuters reported.

Flash floods in Chile's Atacama desert, one of the driest regions in the world, have left thousands of people without electricity or water. Chile's government has already declared a state of emergency for the Atacama desert region.

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A child walks through a flooded street at Copiapo city (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)
The heavy rainfall has affected areas in the regions of Antofagasta, Copiapo and Coquimbo. A health alert has been declared in these zones. The military has been deployed to Copiapo to help with the emergency. 

According to the Euro News, the city has been partly cut off and the airport closed to commercial flights. Military helicopters have been flying in supplies to the worst affected areas as well evacuating people from some villages.

The unusual weather phenomenon was caused by a cold front hitting the Andes, The Reuters mentioned.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 27, 2015