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Flooding in Chile leaves two dead, drives 8,000 from their homes

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.

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Argentina + 6 others
South America Appeal No. 01.22/2002 Programme Update No. 02

Appeal Target: CHF 4,619,036
Period covered: 1 April - 30 June 2002; last Programme Update (No. 1) issued 21 May 2002

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Appeal coverage: 47.2%

Related Appeals: 01.18/2002: Pan American Disaster Response Unit

Outstanding needs: 2,439,777