SANTIAGO – The rain- and snowstorm that has affected several regions of Chile this weekend has left 3,588 people with property damage so far, while 9,522 more remain cut off by flooding or washed-out roads, the national emergency management office said Sunday.
Many of those affected are in the southern regions of Biobio and Los Lagos, where 12 homes were destroyed by the rain and another 140 have been made uninhabitable.
The storm system also caused power outages in the regions of O’Higgins, Maule, Biobio, La Araucania, Los Rios and Los Lagos, where 27,210 homes remain without electricity.
In San Antonio, a port in the Valparaiso region, four fishermen have been missing since Saturday afternoon when their boat sank, and the search for them is being conducted across a vast sector of the central Chilean coast, so far without results, maritime authorities said.
The mountain passes that link Chile with Argentina are being kept closed due to the heavy snowfall in The Andes except for the Jama pass in the Antofagasta region, which was reopened on Sunday, emergency management officials said.
Regional emergency management offices are monitoring the situation and coordinating both their activities and the distribution of necessary items to help the affected residents, officials said.