Chile – Storms and Floods in Maule, Biobío, Araucanía and Metropolitan Regions

Severe weather, including heavy rain and thunderstorms, affected central and southern Chile from 16 June, causing casualties and damages.

According to official reports, the areas most affected are in the regions of Biobío and Araucanía, in particular the communes of Los Alamos, Cañete, Curanilahue and Temuco.

Chile’s Office of National Emergency (ONEMI) reports that 4 people have died as a result of the severe weather. Two fatalities were reported in Maule Region, one in Araucanía and one in Santiago Metropolitan Region.

As of 17 June, as many as 2,915 people were affected by the severe weather. Over fifty people have been displaced and are in temporary accommodation.

Over 700 houses suffered some form of damage from the floods or strong winds. In addition, 263,533 customers are reported without electricity and approximately 6,000 customers without water supply.

Dirección Meteorológica de Chile reported that 189.5 mm of rain fell in Curanilahue, Bío Bío Region, in 24 hours to 17 June. Cañete, also in Bío Bío, recorded 104.5 mm during the same period. ONEMI says that rivers have overflowed in Bío Bío Region.

Last month 2 people died and thousands were evacuated after flooding in Atacama and Coquimbo, northern Chile.

Flood Summary

Last updated: June 20, 2017
Event
Central and Southern Chile, June 2017
Date
June 16 to June 19, 2017
Type
Urban flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Canete
B - Curanilahue
C - Parral

Magnitude

Rainfall level
104.5 mm in 24 hours
Canete, Bio Bio - June 16 to June 17, 2017
Rainfall level
189.5 mm in 24 hours
Curanilahue, Bio Bio - June 16 to June 17, 2017
Rainfall level
60 mm in 24 hours
Parral, Maule Region - June 16 to June 17, 2017
Rainfall level
58.6 mm in 24 hours
Los Angeles, Bio Bio - June 16 to June 17, 2017
Rainfall level
58.7 mm in 24 hours
Quinta Normal, Santiago Metropolitan Region - June 16 to June 17, 2017
Rainfall level
69.5 mm in 24 hours
La Florida, Santiago Metropolitan Region - June 16 to June 17, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
4 people
June 17 to June 19, 2017
2 in Maule Region, 1 in La Araucania and 1 in Metropolitan Region
Evacuated
53 people
June 17 to June 19, 2017
Affected
2915 people
June 17 to June 19, 2017
Additional
729 buildings damaged
June 17 to June 19, 2017
ONEMI reported 729 houses with major damage. It is not clear if damage was caused by storm or flooding. In addition, 263,533 customers were reported without electricity and approximately 6,000 customers without water supply

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