Floods destroyed 346 homes, severely damaged 427, Chile


Chilean authorities said floods affecting the country since late January 2019 destroyed 346 homes and left 427 severely damaged as of February 15.

Over 1 000 people have been displaced and at least 6 killed, ONEMI said. 1 person was killed in Arica y Parinacota, 2 in Camina and Pozo Almonte and 3 in El Loa Province.

The worst affected in Arica y Parinacota are Arica, Camarones and Putre where several roads are still fully or partially closed and drinking water supply disrupted in several locations, FloodList reports

5 024 homes were damaged in Iquique and Tamurugal provinces of Tarapaca Region. 4 944 in Alto Hospicio and 90 in Iquique. Over 20 roads are fully or partially closed, leaving 17 communities isolated.

Overflowing rivers in Antofagasta region damaged around 220 homes. 334 people were injured and 244 homes destroyed in San Pedro de Atacama after the Vilama and San Pedro rivers overflowed.

On February 17, ONEMI issued Red Alert for the commune of Torres del Paine in Patagonia due to overflowing Paine, Gray and Serrano rivers. The flooding could affect the local population and tourists located in different trekking circuits and routes of the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park, mainly in the sector included in the Laguna Amarga-Cerro Reserve road. Red Alert was still in effect as of February 20.

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