Over 19 people have gone missing after heavy rain in parts of central Chile over the weekend caused mudslides and water outages in the South American nation. The banks of the rivers are overflowing due to heavy rain on the unusual dry months. This overflowing river went down to the mountain valleys near Chile’s capital, Santiago which have isolated 373 people, Indian Express reported on Monday. Three people are also reported dead as flood hits the narrow country. This was the second major flooding event to hit central Chile in the past year.
Emergency officials in the South American country said waters rushing down from the Andes since Saturday afternoon had caused landslides, cutting roads and isolating thousands of people. Falling rocks and other debris overwhelmed the intakes for urban water systems, cutting service to about 1.2 million homes in the area around Santiago.
“Emergency teams are working on the ground to connect with isolated personas and re-establish the water supply wherever possible,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet wrote on Twitter.
In the south of Santiago, a 12-year-old girl was killed when a landslide swept away the car in which she was travelling. In the San Jose de Maipo valley, directly above the city, emergency crews had to clear the roads of debris before residents could evacuate to lower, less mountainous ground.