One dead, widespread blackouts in Chilean capital after rare snowfall

Fernando Stephens
July 18, 2017

The BBC reports that along with the snow came a massive power outage leaving approximately 250,000 people without electricity.

One person died while trying to clear ice.

A rare sub-zero chill hit parts of Chile over the weekend, causing widespread snowfall and power cuts in the South American country's capital.

"It is true: In Santiago it is snowing".

Two other people were injured after being electrocuted by a fallen power line, the statement added.

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One resident said: "Yes, the snow fell but also it feels like a magical atmosphere here in Bella (the Bellavista neighborhood) and in Santiago generally".

Meteorologists said the snow fall, which followed an unusually cold period for the region, was the heaviest seen in Santiago since 2007. "We have witnessed the ways in which this phenomenon threatens the well-being and development of the planet".

Residents took to social media to share posts of the snow.

"Caution in driving. Santiago is not ready for snow driving". The two cities are at similar latitudes, surrounded by mountains and bordered by water to the west.

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