SANTIAGO, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) - Emergency
crews used helicopters Thursday to rescue some of the nearly 100,000 people
hit by the worst rains in three decades in southern Chile, where at least
four people have died, officials said.
A storm has dumped torrential rain on
the Araucania region 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of Santiago since
Saturday, damaging at least 10,000 homes as waters flooded rivers and canals,
blocked roadways and inundated 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) of farmland.
The towns of Carahue, Nueva Imperial,