Saturday 10 December 2016

Millions left without water as flooding strikes Chile capital Santiago

Published 17/04/2016 | 22:15

Two police armored vehicles stand in a flooded street due heavy rains in Santiago, Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Two police armored vehicles stand in a flooded street due heavy rains in Santiago, Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A loader works on a flooded street in Santiago, April 17, 2016. Reuters/Ivan Alvarado
Crane are seen on a flooded street in Santiago, April 17, 2016. Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding and cut water services to 4.5 million people around Chile's capital, Santiago, officials said on Sunday.

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The Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. Seven others were missing, and officials said some 300 people had been evacuated. Power was cut to more than 80,000 people in Santiago and the provinces of Valparaiso and O'Higgins.

The huge El Teniente operation of the state-run Codelco mining company was forced to close. Officials said schools would be shut as well.

City official Claudio Orrego said that, while the Mapocho did not overflow its banks, a problem with a tunnel led water to spill into the city.

Mr Orrego said water service was cut to at least 4.5 million people due to contamination caused by the flooding. Authorities urged residents to limit water use until the problem is past.

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