Rare Chile Snowfall Kills 1, Leaves Hundreds of Thousands in the Dark

17 Juillet, 2017, 15:20 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Snow falls in Chile Santiago

Vehicles on a street in Chile's capital of Santiago were covered in snow on Saturday due to a rare snowfall.

Meteorologists say this is the heaviest snowfall in Santiago in a decade, which has caused massive traffic disruptions and forced the postponing of several sporting events including some Copa Chile tournament games.

More than 250,000 people were reportedly left without power - thought to be caused by snow-laden trees falling onto power lines.

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

Santiago, Chile, was blanketed with white Sunday morning, as the heaviest snowfall since 2007 hit the city.

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One death was reported - of a worker trying to clear ice - and two other people were injured by a fallen power line, Chilean media said.

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time", the Chilean government said in a statement obtained by UPI.

A man touches the snow in Santiago.

"Unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, flood risks and unexpected floods are just a few of its effects reaching an unprecedented scale each year".

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