SANTIAGO, Aug 27 (AFP) - Heavy rains
and flash floods lashing central and southern Chile for the past six days
have left two people dead and driven more than 8,000 from their homes,
the National Emergency Office reported Tuesday.
Two men, aged 22 and 28, drowned after
being swept away in the flooded waters of the Itata and Bio Bio rivers,
more than 500 kilometers (330 miles) south of the capital.
According to the national weather service,
the storm -- marked by strong wind squalls, fierce downpours and snow storms
-- is expected to continue whipping the country until Wednesday.