• Storms leave 3m without water in Chile

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    SANTIAGO: Three million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water on Saturday after heavy rain caused landslides that fouled the rivers supplying the city, officials said. The national emergency response agency declared a red alert in Santiago, a city of more than seven million people. “Unfortunately, the weather system over the metropolitan region brought rain that caused increased sediment in the Maipo River, which means a water cut for the population affecting about 3 million people,” Santiago Mayor Claudio Orrego told a news conference. Pro-duction was down to 35 percent of normal levels, said Eugenio Rodriguez, corporate manager of the Aguas Andinas water company. Heavy rains in the Andean foothills since Friday triggered landslides into the Maipo and Mapocho rivers. Municipal authorities activated an emergency plan that includes tapping into 45 backup water sources and mobilizing more than 60 water trucks.

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