UPDATE: One dead and two missing after heavy rainfall in the north

ANTOFAGASTA—The recent rains continue to wreak havoc in Northern Chile. Especially hit hard are the Antofagasta Region and the Arica and Parinacota Region.

As reported in El Nuevo Diario, one man is dead and a five-year-old girl is missing in Calama in the Antofagasta Region, one of the areas most affected by this week’s rains, after the girl fell into the Loa River and the man jumped in to try to save her.

Speaking to La Tercera, Mayor Daniel Agusto said that the Loa River had risen between 15 and 20 cm since the rains started, and that several river channels in the city were now overwhelmed. He also asked the region’s agencies to assist with sandbagging and other precautions in an effort to help protect homes threatened by flooding.

The main routes to and from San Pedro de Atacama are also closed, and the Chilean Secretary of Tourism advised tourists to stay away from the commune until conditions improved.

The province of El Loa and the commune of Antofagasta remain under yellow alert, according to the National Emergency Office (Onemi).

Farther north in the Arica and Parinacota Region,  the Civil Protection System evacuated 1,200 people from the flood-threatened areas and one man is missing after the truck in which he was traveling was swept away by the San José River. Two other men traveling with him were rescued, said Onemi authorities.

Onemi continues to maintain a red alert for the region.

Heavy rainfall affects northern regions in Chile

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