Officials on Wednesday declared eight southern districts catastrophe zones due to four days of nearly nonstop snowfall.
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera promised “more tools to aid those Chileans who today are living through times of adversity.”
High winds from an Antarctic cold front cut power to most residents of the Andean community of Lonquimay, 375 miles south of Santiago, where helicopters were being used to deliver emergency food and supplies.
Another severely affected area was the world’s southernmost large city of Punta Arenas, where trucks waited for days for road-clearing equipment to reach the region.
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