Chile: Floods - Mar 2015

Disaster description

Heavy rainfall and consequent river overflow, flash floods and landslides affected the Atacama and Antofagasta regions in the north of Chile over 24-25 Mar 2015. (ECHO, 27 Mar 2015) The Government asked the United Nations system to support the coordination of the emergency response and delivery of humanitarian aid. (UN Country Team, 27 Mar 2015) As of 12 Apr, the death toll stood at 26, and almost 165,000 people were affected with more than 1,500 people in 20 emergency shelters. More than 8,300 houses were either destroyed or severely damaged. (OCHA, 14 Apr 2015). Seasonal floodings are affecting the north and the south of the country in July (PAHO, 8 Jul 2015).

Early August, heavy rainfall and strong winds affected most of Chile, from the northern Arica and Parinacota to the southern Los Rios Region, causing floods, landslides and damage. As of 10 August, official reports mentioned six people killed, three of whom in the town of Tocopilla in Antofagasta, over 980 people homeless, with more than 24 000 without electricity throughout the affected regions. (ECHO, 11 Aug 2015)

At the end of August, a yellow alert was declared in the Los Rios region due to increasing river levels. (Gov't of Chile, 28 Aug 2015)

Early September IOM Chile was ending its emergency assistance to the victims of the floods that hit the northern of the country in late March. (IOM, 4 Sep 2015)

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