Chilean gov't declares "catastrophe" after heavy snow

14:12, July 21, 2011      

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A resident walks out of his house in Lonquimay, Araucania Region, located 730 km (453 miles) south of Santiago July 20, 2011. The Chilean government has declared Lonquimay a disaster area after heavy snowfall, with some areas facing up to 2.3 meters of snow. There are 16,000 people currently isolated in the area, according to government sources. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

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