A resident rides his horse along a flooded road near Puerto Varas city, south of Santiago. REUTERS/Stringer
Thousands of people have been left stranded in southern Chile
after unusually intense rainfall this week caused flooding
and caused rivers to burst their banks, the government's
emergency office ONEMI said.
Some communities are without drinking water or electricity
and roads have been cut off in the southern regions of Los
Rios, Biobio, Araucania, Los Lagos and Aysen, said ONEMI.
Around 4,000 people were estimated to be stranded and over
50,000 were without electricity, it said.
More rain is forecast for the area, which is where most of
Chile's wood pulp industry is based.
There were no reports of deaths or serious damage.