Flooding caused by abnormally heavy cut roads, knocked out electricity and threatened several communities in the usually bone – dry Atacama Desert region early Thursday. On Wednesday the Chilean government issued a state of emergency , putting the region under military control.
The local media quoted police as saying two people had been killed in the coastal town of Chanaral. At least 24 people were listed as missing in three communities hit by flooding, Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said.
On Thursday, thunderstorms with torrential rain moved in causing the Copiapo River to overflow its banks and forcing evacuations due to fears of mudslides.
The Cunningham Lindsey response to this event is being co-ordinated by Hugh Gallagher in Columbia, our Chilean associates are already in the region assisting us with client enquiries. We have a multi-disciplined team of adjusters, surveyors and engineers available to support our clients at this time, on standby in our Latin American offices.
If we can provide you or your clients with any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Hugh Gallagher in Colombia or Ben Price in London:
Mobile: +57 310 320 1785
Ben Price – London
Mobile: +44 7831 217 510
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