Tuesday 22 May 2018

In Pictures: Mudslide sweeps over village in Chile, leaving at least five dead, 15 missing

Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this still image obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CARABINEROS DE CHILE/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A mudslide fuelled by heavy rains has swept over a village in southern Chile, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing, officials said.

Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region, located 790 miles south of Chile's capital, Santiago.

President Michelle Bachelet declared the region a catastrophe zone and confirmed the number of dead and missing. She met with her team of ministers to coordinate rescue and assistance efforts.

Earlier on Saturday, deputy secretary of the interior Madmud Aleuy said there were three people dead, including an unidentified tourist, and 15 others missing.

Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS

Some of the injured were taken by helicopter to medical centres. Two families were evacuated because of a fire caused by the slide, authorities said. Water and electricity service to the area was knocked out.

The alert level in the area had been raised to red because of the persistent rains.

Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS
Damage done by a landslide is seen in Villa Santa Lucia, Los Lagos, Chile December 16, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. CRISTIAN ZUMELZU BARROS/via REUTERS

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