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Blanketed in snow in Chile

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 01:11

July 19 - Residents struggle as a massive snowstorm dumps some six feet of snow on Southern Chile. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Blanketed in snow. A massive snowstorm dumps some six feet of snow on Southern Chile. Residents struggle to make their way in the snow. Many feel cut off from the outside world SOUNDBITE: Unidentified resident, saying (Spanish): "We are completely cutoff without anything. There are no cell phones and no radio." Many homes mountainous region of the Andes are buried. The local police chief Ivan Bezmalinovic worries about shortages. SOUNDBITE: Police chief Ivan Bezmalinovic, saying (Spanish): "We are already having problems with food [shortages] both with livestock and people." The heavy snow season has disrupted highways and mountain passes connecting southern Chile with Argentina Authorities say about 15,000 people have no electricity. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Blanketed in snow in Chile

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 01:11