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State of emergency in north of Chile because of torrential rain and floods

Tuesday, August 11th 2015 - 07:18 UTC
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A state of emergency has been declared by the Chilean government in the northern cities of Antofagasta and Tocopilla due to the strong winds, heavy rains, flashfloods and mudslides. President Michelle Bachelet visited the north on Monday to observe first-hand the damage caused by a storm that left six people dead nationwide. Read full article


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  • ElaineB

    Everyone in Chile has complained about the lack of rain in recent years - part of the drought that has affected the whole West Coast of the Americas. But this kind of sudden downpour doesn't usually help.That said, I remember a drought we had in the UK a few years back and whilst taking a walking at a local half-empty reservoir an official told me that even if it rained all year it would not fill, things were so bad. I went away for 4 months and when I came back it was full. Just sayin'.

    Whatever, it is good to see the people in Chile affected being helped.

    Aug 11th, 2015 - 10:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jakesnake

    I was watching TVN last night and the footage of the water was incredible. I've been up around Putre and Parinacota in Bolivian winter and when it pours down, that hardpan earth is like concrete, so the water moves like a freight train. It looks like FACh and the Army are doing good work.

    Aug 11th, 2015 - 03:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    The curse we have in Chile is having too little, or way too much rain. Rainfall has been measured here for over 450 years and it's just a price we have to accept.

    Meanwhile, the government has been doing an excellent job with the emergency.

    Aug 12th, 2015 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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