Biggest snowfall in decades blankets Chile's capital

Snow falls in Chile's capital

Snow falls in Chile's capital

The unusual event also caused widespread power outages and made roads treacherous.

At least one person has died and about 337 000 households were left without power as a rare snowfall hit the Chilean capital, Santiago. "It was the last time that it snowed in Santiago and it looked precious, Santiago, like this", one resident recounted.

Meteorologists said the snow fall, which followed an unusually cold period for the region, was the heaviest seen in Santiago since 2007.

Snow accumulated up to almost two inches, reports Sky News.

One man has been reported dead after suffering a heart attack trying to move snow, and two others were injured when they were electrocuted by a fallen power line, city officials told local media. We have witnessed the ways in which this phenomenon threatens the well-being and development of the planet: "unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, flood risks and unexpected floods are just a few of its effects reaching an unprecedented scale each year", the Chilean government said in a statement.

"Caution in driving. Santiago is not ready for snow driving".

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