SANTIAGO – The rainstorm affecting central Chile killed one person, left five other people missing and left about 1,000 residents dealing with damage to homes amid flooding and mudslides, emergency management officials said Sunday.
The worst-hit areas are the Metropolitan, O’Higgins and El Maule regions, where several highways were cut off and hundreds of homes left without power and drinking water, the national emergency management office said in a statement.
Two people disappeared in O’Higgins, where the Tinguiririca River swept away several dwellings that had been built on its banks.
Some 765 people have been left isolated and about 100 dwellings sustained serious damage in O’Higgins.
In the Santiago metro region, where emergency management officials declared a red alert, more than 4 million people have lost water service and hundreds of streets are flooded.
The Mapocho River, which crosses Santiago, flooded in the Providencia district due a public works project being undertaken by a private company, Mayor Claudio Orrego said.
In El Melocoton, located adjacent to Santiago, a woman was killed and three other people went missing when a mudlside destroyed the house they were in, Television Nacional reported.