Chileans Lose Power in Rare Snowfall

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

The Chilean capital of Santiago turned into a somewhat dark winter wonderland on Saturday, after three to five centimetres of snow caused a city-wide blackout. About 250,000 people were hit by power cuts, officials said, mostly caused by snow-laden trees falling on cables.

Still, residents enjoyed the snow, some calling it "magical".

Tens of thousands of people had their power knocked out in Santiago's metropolitan area with some parts receiving up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) of the white stuff, according to the National Emergency Office.

Local meteorologists say it's the heaviest snowfall since 2007, BBC reports.

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time".

A man touches the snow in Santiago. We have witnessed the ways in which this phenomenon threatens the well-being and development of the planet: "unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, flood risks and unexpected floods are just a few of its effects reaching an unprecedented scale each year", the Chilean government said in a statement.

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