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29 Jan 2020 | 05:29 AM UTC

Chile: State of catastrophe declared in the north due to heavy rains January 28

President Piñera declares state of catastrophe for northern region on January 28; more rain remain in forecast



On Tuesday, January 29, President Piñera declared a state of catastrophe for the northern region due to heavy rain that has prompted flooding in five communes, Copiapó, Tierra Amarilla, Freirina, Diego de Almagro, and Alto del Carmen. Aggravating the flooding is the increased flow of the Copiapó, Huasco, and Salado rivers. At least one person has died and two have gone missing as a result. Authorities stated that rain remains in the forecast, which can render the situation more complicated.

Transportation disruptions should be expected over the next several days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions prior to setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. It is important to note that that walking or driving through floodwaters can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.