Rare snowstorm batters Chilean capital, leaves one dead & 337k homes without power (PHOTOS)
The one fatality was a worker who was clearing ice, the capital’s authorities said in a statement at a press conference, as cited by local media.
Two other people were injured after being electrocuted by a fallen power line, the statement added.
About 337,000 households were left without power due to the storm, the Office of National Emergency (ONEMI) said on Saturday, as cited by AFP. Officials said that the weather affected one in seven residents of the capital.
The snowstorm was the heaviest since 2007, AFP said, citing meteorologists.
One more because I find the snow in Santiago so strange pic.twitter.com/W82F6YRKTn— Luke Epplin (@LukeEpplin) July 16, 2017
Fallen trees and branches were the main causes of the power outages.
Several football matches were suspended due to heavy snow, the Football Federation of Chile said in a statement.
Some residents of Santiago and the greater area, which is home to around seven million people, opted to enjoy the rare event.
Snow in Santiago, Chile. Weird thing that. pic.twitter.com/xnNGBFufDH— valentinapaz (@artvalentinapaz) July 16, 2017
“We should admire the moment that nature gave us, this show so cute,” José Valenzuela, who took his children for a snowy walk in the capital, told AFP.