Chile: two dead and three missing after floods

Chilean President Gabriel Boric said today, Saturday, that two people have died and three others are missing in the wake of floods caused by heavy rains in central Chile.

“Unfortunately, two people died as a result of falling trees (…) and three people are missing,” said Mr. Borik. He added that 1,002 people had taken refuge in temporary shelters and that several municipalities in the Valparaiso region had been affected by the water cuts.

Among the missing was a firefighter who was involved in rescue operations.

And after receiving the president’s visit to the affected families in the municipality of Talagante, located 40 km west of the capital, Santiago (center), his services announced on Saturday evening that the situation was “very sensitive” in four regions located south of the capital.

France Press agency

The government has declared a state of disaster in an area ranging from the Valparaíso region (northwest of Santiago) to the Biobio region further south, where special resources will be allocated to repair infrastructure and housing.

The heavy rains that began on Thursday were concentrated in the mountainous and foothills areas where snow usually falls, prompting a rapid increase in the flow of rivers, including the Mapucho and Maipo, which flow through Santiago.

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