Chile declares catastrophe zone following heavy snowfalls

13:15, July 21, 2011      

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Chile Wednesday declared eight southern districts a catastrophe zone following the worst snowfalls over the last decade in the country.

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera said that in Arauco province, the government would help the victims in the catastrophe zone, local press reported.

The government would provide "more tools to aid those Chileans who today are living through times of adversity," according to the Chilean leader.

Because of the snowfalls, some 6,500 people have been isolated from the rest of Chile in Lonquimay and Curacautin, about 600 km south of Santiago. Both roads and electricity have been cut off in most of these areas.

The police and army have helped the local government and emergency personnel by using helicopters to transport food to those affected.

Moreover, the government had planned to deliver 400 boxes of emergency food supplies to 1,690 people in total, but so far only 25 boxes have been distributed due to continuing bad weather.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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