A governmental report released on Monday showed aftermath damage of the frontal system. The report showed the situation in the south central area of the country. At least two people died, three are still missing, and more than four thousands are affected.
A director of The National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (Senapred) delivered a report on the casualties and damages caused by the frontal system. The director said that 59 houses were destroyed, 1,028 houses had major damage, and 2,607 houses had minor damage.
On Monday afternoon, the director said 4,272 people were affected with 1,699 people sheltered and 9,610 people isolated by the frontal system.
The official said the institution is maintaining nine Red Alerts, five Yellow Alerts and four preventive early alerts across the country.
More than 90 messages were sent through the Emergency Alert System to the regions of Valparaíso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Ñuble and Biobío, the director said. The disaster response department has also provided air support in the regions of Metropolitan, O’Higgins, Maule, Nublé, Biobío and La Araucanía, the director added.
About 8,435 residents were left without electricity supply, with the most affected regions being those in Maule and Biobío, according to the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuel, the director said.
Aguas Andinas, a water supply company, announced on Monday that it has begun the process of recovering water reserves after the reserves were damaged by the frontal system, which affected the rivers and their turbidity.
The water supply company changed its Red Alert to Yellow due to the decline of the frontal system and a decrease in the turbidity of the Maipo and Mapocho rivers. But the water supply company urges the public to use water responsibly in order to return to a state of normal as soon as possible.
Chongyang Zhang is pursuing an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s program in journalism, media and globalisation. His interest lies in the relations among the United States, Latin America and China. He is currently doing an exchange semester at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.