Sunday, July 16, 2017

Unusual snowfall causes blackouts in Santiago, Chile

snowfall in Santiago
Chilean emergency officials said about 250,000 people lost power in the capital of Santiago following a rare snowfall, which also created conditions for car crashes.

Chile's Ministry of Interior and Public Safety on Saturday said one person died while trying to clear ice, while two others were injured by a power line that fell. Most blackouts were caused by trees falling onto power cables due to the weight of the snow.

Local meteorologists said it is the heaviest snowfall in Santiago since 2007, El Mercurio reported.

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