Heavy rains have caused river overflows, affecting thousands of people in the Arica y Parinacota, Tarapacá and Magallanes regions
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/ Floods in southern Chile: "The damage is tremendous"
Severe flooding caused by torrential rains left hundreds homeless and damage not yet quantified in Punta Arenas, capital of the Magallanes region, 2,400 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile. The waters flooded the city center, dragged parked cars and caused a power outage that affected about five thousand households. he rains in the north, in the neighboring region of Arica, Peru and located some 2,000 km north of Santiago, also caused the overflow of a river, the San Jose, which caused the evacuation of about 300 people and damage to 15 dwellings. In the neighboring region of Tarapaca, about 1,200 km north of Santiago, the rains left some 237 housed. As a precaution, some roads were closed and classes were suspended in two communes. He said that "the damage and losses are tremendous, the central area is a very commercial and many houses. There are a total of 3,500 people homeless, affected 800 households, where all is lost in the early stages." /
/ At least 800 families are affected in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas, a distance of three thousand 141 kilometers south of Baghdad, by the flooding caused by heavy rains, reported today authorities. /
/ Eight hundred eighty families affected and 860 houses damaged by the floodwaters of the river of Las Minas /
/ Around about 53,888 people are affected by the rains and flooding in Ecuador. /
Floods in southern Chile: "The damage is tremendous"
By John Paul Marino. - Severe flooding caused by torrential rains left hundreds homeless and damage not yet quantified in Punta Arenas, capital of the Magallanes region, 2,400 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile.
Rainfall-considered the worst in two decades, began on the night of Sunday and led in the early hours of Monday the river overflows Mines. The waters flooded the city center, dragged parked cars and caused a power outage that affected about five thousand households.
Speaking to ámbito.com Rene Venegas, director of "Polar Radio" station of Punta Arenas, said that in the place "have experienced difficult times in the last 72 hours" by the overflowing of the river that runs through the city.
He said that "the damage and losses are tremendous, the central area is a very commercial and many houses. There are a total of 3,500 people homeless, affected 800 households, where all is lost in the early stages."
To facilitate the work of the army, classes are suspended and remains the decree of "red alert" for the region (high alert).
So far, only one injury was reported "This is a young man who fell into the river," but is "safe life", provided the director of Radio Polar.
Regarding the impact of the event in the city Venegas said "definitely" be affected domestic product in the region "because all shops are closed."
However, "the worst way, and now only left with the course of the day return to normal of the city," he said. In a final report, the National Emergency Office (Naomi) said the river fell Mines, which flooded the central part of the city of Punta Arenas.
"Here everybody is trying to conclude why the flow overflowed," said Chilean journalist's surprise widespread phenomenon.
He listed two factors, one obvious and predictable, the meteorologist: "A third of the water that falls in a year has fallen in one day, that the main reason," he said.
However, Venegas reported that recently opened there, "a promenade that borders the city" and that construction is done as a kind of "containment of water, thereby exacerbating the problem." "We know that the waterfront has been a great addition, but obviously for the exit of the river has been an obstacle", resigned.
Meanwhile, the Chilean government decided to transfer the Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, to Punta Arenas, to address the situation on the ground. "They have arranged a series of measures is postponement in the payment of taxes until 31 March is a support for companies, especially SMEs," remarked the director of Radio Polar.
He added that they need "help for cleaning, as there is a large layer of mud in the downtown area. There are also repair a bridge that crosses the city"
The Chilean government took to the director of the Onemi in the southern Magallanes, Erika Canales, for not anticipating imminent action when the overflow of a river that caused the flood.
On Sunday night the official channels "stated that there was danger that overflowed the river" and therefore not taken the precautions required a phenomenon of such magnitude.
But this situation with little or no predictability, as Venegas, is not new in Chile. "In this country we have a historical experience and very sad." A couple of years "said there was no danger of tsunami, and tsunami came and killed many people, causing irreparable damage to many families, and all could have been avoided. Here we are talking about it, is a misinformation delivery in the wrong way, "he said.
"This misfortune is a shame, I hope the country learns that before passing judgment at this level, related to these situations, you have to have absolute certainty," he said.
In the north also
The rains in the north, in the neighboring region of Arica, Peru and located some 2,000 km north of Santiago, also caused the overflow of a river, the San Jose, which caused the evacuation of about 300 people and damage to 15 dwellings.
In the neighboring region of Tarapaca, about 1,200 km north of Santiago, the rains left some 237 housed. As a precaution, some roads were closed and classes were suspended in two communes.
According to the Meteorological Office of Chile, rainfall is expected to extend into highland summer Saturday in the areas of the mountain regions of Arica and Tarapaca.
Suman 800 families affected by floods in southern Chile
SANTIAGO, CHILE (13/MAR/2012). - At least 800 families are affected in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas, a distance of three thousand 141 kilometers south of Baghdad, by the flooding caused by heavy rains, reported today authorities.
The state National Emergency Office (Onemi) said in a report that the heavy rainfall in the capital of the Magallanes Region, which caused the overflowing of the River Mines, forced to declare a "Red Alert".
The latest balance of the distribution of government amounted to 800 affected families and 53 people in shelters, with dozens of homes, offices and shops flooded by heavy rains.
Technical agencies maintain field staff to address emergency situations arising from the overflow of the river, while the Onemi gave aid elements as pumps to draw water, bags, food, mattresses, blankets, tents and boots.
River Mines through the center of Punta Arenas, which aggravated the situation in strategic places and landmarks of the city, as some hotels and government departments.
Due to poor management and no ability to anticipate the disaster, the government removed from office the director of the Onemi in the Magallanes Region, Erika Channels.
The Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, Punta Arenas is coordinating the emergency work and on Tuesday announced the arrival of two Air Force planes with necessities for the victims.
"This is a quagmire, there are hills of mud everywhere, can not walk except with rubber boots. There are trees all over town. We saw houses flooded and there are sectors where even walked in the depth and strength of water, "said Matthei.
In an interview with Radio Cooperativa, the official outlined a series of measures to mitigate the effects of the storm, such as suspension of classes and providing subsidies and medicine to those affected.
880 families affected by flooding in Punta Arenas
Eight hundred eighty families affected and 860 houses damaged by the floodwaters of the river of Las Minas are the numbers at the end of the day yesterday gave the mayor of Punta Arenas, Vladimiro Mimica, in relation to the quantification of the damage caused by the incessant rain that since early Sunday, no truce to the city and has active in a number of agencies to help those neighbors who have suffered the most severe damage.
The village head said that the most critical quadrants correspond to the downtown area between the streets and Jorge Montt-Coast-Colon Mexicana. While the other path-stricken urban water goes from the streets Quillota-Angamos Coast and Croatia.
Mimica said that so far is running a single hostel, the school Pedro Pablo Lemaitre, in Shepherd Street. The educational establishment is housed in its facilities to 50 people, mostly adults in the sector North Beach. In addition, the municipal authority said that if necessary the premises of the Escuela Argentina, Manuel Aguilar street, ready to operate as a shelter.
The mayor also denied that hastalas first time on Tuesday there is a risk of flooding of River Mine in the field of bridge located on Avenida Eduardo Frei, a place near the court of the People's League, and where the population is located Santos Mardones and other homes coming soon erected retaining walls of the now mighty stream.
Mimica also reported that last night was a total of 5 houses in danger of falling prey to the waters of the estuary Llau Llau, whose inhabitants were ordered to leave.
On the other hand, the mayor confirmed that in the early hours of the afternoon to arrive from the north Hercules aircraft bringing supplies several Fach and a party of 5 000 bags that will serve to be filled with sand and used as containment, if required.
In terms of financial resources, Mimica said yesterday contacted the secretary Regional and Administrative Development, Miguel Flores, who assured the mayor that has just done a survey of the damage to property for public use, the government agency released funds for use in repair work. (Source: La Prensa Austral)
THOUSAND PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN ECUADOR Featured
QUITO, (Mar 16, AGENCY NSA). Around about 53,888 people are affected by the rains and flooding in Ecuador.
The first official results were released this Wednesday when the rains have subsided in 5 provinces most affected and when they begin to feel the havoc the disaster caused by this natural phenomenon.
The process of rebuilding homes, roads, bridges, crops recovery and pets away by the crecimientes or drowned by the floods will be based on a diagnosis that made the National Secretariat for Risk Management (SNGR) an entity which in turn delegate to provincial and municipal governments to intervene.
The emergency decree issued by the government provides for the delivery of at least 40 million dólares.Según the National Risk Management has invested in prevention works $ 7 million 339 thousand 314 to mitigate the effects of this winter season that not only 5 provinces affected the emergency are other 8 provinces the SNGR declared yellow alert in the following provinces Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas, Santa Elena, Los Ríos, El Oro, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Galapagos, Canar, Azuay , Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Loja.
On the other hand the said Ministry has delivered 182 000 tons of humanitarian assistance, food aid 5687, 4482 and 5036 hygiene kits kits limpieza.El total affected population is 53,888 people registered to date by the National Situation Room .