Chilean capital shakes off rare snow storm

Joanna Estrada
July 18, 2017

It's winter in southern South America, but snow is rare any time of year in Chile's capital, Santiago.

One person died and tens of thousands were left in the dark and shivering ifollowing a rare snowfall in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Saturday.

Santiago, Chile, was blanketed with white Sunday morning, as the heaviest snowfall since 2007 hit the city.

Chilean authorities said a worker died while trying to clear ice and two people were injured after being shocked by a fallen power line, The Straits Times reports. The power outage was mostly caused by snow-covered trees falling on cables.

Up to 5 centimeters of snow was reported in some parts of the city during the unusual experience that also left some 337,000 people without electricity, according to the Office of National Emergency (ONEMI).

Santiago residents took to social media to share this phenomenon with the world.

Snow in Santiago is slightly more common than snow in Los Angeles.

As the snow began falling on Friday, Chile's government said it is working to address the effects of climate change.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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