FREAK­ISH SNOW­FALL STRIKES CHILE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: AFP

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.

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