Chile rains kill three, leave millions without water

Chile rains kill three, leave millions without water

Three people have been killed and at least seven are missing after heavy rains struck Chile over the weekend, causing mudslides and water outages.

The rains, which caused rivers to overflow their banks in mountain valleys near Chile’s capital, Santiago, have isolated 3,387 people, the Onemi emergency service said late on Sunday.

Emergency officials said waters rushing down from the Andes since Saturday afternoon cut off roads and caused landslides.

The supply of drinking water to about 1.5 million households in Santiago has been affected, with the water company Aguas Andinas saying the torrential rains, which came during the country’s usually dry summer months, were making repairs difficult.

It was the second major flooding event to hit central Chile in the past year. Last April, heavy rains battered the San Jose de Maipo valley, killing one person and causing major flooding in downtown Santiago after a river breached its banks.

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