FREAKISH SNOWFALL STRIKES CHILE
CHILE’S capital Santiago has been blanketed by the biggest snowfall in decades, with some residents grumbling about blocked roads and downed power lines, while others made snowmen or tossed snowballs.
Tens of thousands of people had their power knocked out in Santiago’s metropolitan area with some parts receiving up to 40cm of the white stuff, according to the National Emergency Office.
Residents woke up on Sunday to find their city covered with snow and by yesterday thousands of homes still lacked electricity.
Andres Rebolledo of the energy ministry said power should be soon restored.
A worker at a Santiago hospital died when he slipped and hit his head.
Chile’s Meteorological Office said it was the biggest snowfall in the capital in 46 years.
CHILLY FUN: Two Chileans took advantage of the remarkable weather in Santiago by making a snowman. Some parts of the capital received up to 40cm of snow.