News ID: 206322
Published: 0645 GMT December 17, 2017

Five killed, 15 missing after landslide in southern Chile

Five killed, 15 missing after landslide in southern Chile
This handout photo shows a part of the town of Villa Santa Lucia, near Chaiten in southern Chile, which was devastated by a landslide on December 16, 2017. (AFP)

A mudslide fueled by heavy rains swept over a village in southern Chile on Saturday, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing, officials said.

Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region, located 1,272 kilometers south of Chile's capital, Santiago, presstv.com reported.

President Michelle Bachelet declared the region a catastrophe zone and confirmed the number of the dead and missing. She met with her team of ministers to coordinate rescue and assistance efforts.

Earlier Saturday, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Madmud Aleuy said there were three people dead, including an unidentified tourist, and 15 others missing.

Some of the injured were taken by helicopter to medical centers. Two families were evacuated because of a fire caused by the slide, authorities said. Water and electricity services to the area was knocked out.

The alert level in the area had been raised to red because of the persistent rains.

   
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