Chile Rains Leave Four Dead, Thousands Homeless

June 18, 2017 Updated: June 18, 2017

SANTIAGO—Intense rains and snowstorms in central and southern Chile have left four people dead and nearly 3,000 homeless, as well as hundreds of thousands without power, authorities said on Saturday.

Most of those displaced live in the southern region of Biobio, where rivers overflowed and 34,000 lost power. Authorities said they were continuing to monitor the storm front, which first hit the country on Thursday night.

The South American country’s largest copper mines, mostly located in the north, have not reported any impact on operations from the storm. Chile is the world’s largest producer of the red metal.

A man walks beside a flooded street due to torrential rains causing a river to overflow, in Curanilahue city, south of Chile,  June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Manuel Araneda)
A man walks beside a flooded street due to torrential rains causing a river to overflow, in Curanilahue city, south of Chile, June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Manuel Araneda)

A herdsman next to his herd is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile  June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alvaro Vidal
A herdsman next to his herd is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Alvaro Vidal)

A flooded area is pictured due to torrential rains causing a river to overflow, in Curanilahue city, south of Chile,  June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Manuel Araneda
A flooded area is pictured due to torrential rains causing a river to overflow, in Curanilahue city, south of Chile, June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Manuel Araneda)

A cow is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile  June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alvaro Vidal
A cow is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Alvaro Vidal)

A herd is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile  June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alvaro Vidal
A herd is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Alvaro Vidal)

A herd of sheep is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile  June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Alvaro Vidal)
A herd of sheep is seen, after great snowfall at the outskirts of Coyhaique city, south of Chile June 16, 2017. (Reuters/Alvaro Vidal)