Friday , March 5 2021

Strong rains in the Antofagasta Region cause closure of roads and border crossings

The bad weather front that this Monday affects the Antofagasta Region has caused the closure of roads and border crossings on this day.

The General Directorate of Water (DGA) recorded that the precipitation in Toconao has a Intensity of 9 millimeters (mm) per hour, Which locates in this town within its red alert thresholds. Meanwhile, moderate rainfall of Caspana reach a value of 2.4 mm.

The governor of the province of Loa, Maria Bernarda JopiaHe confirmed that "the precipitation is causing problems at Alt Lloa, and we have the Toconce bridge disabled due to the flood of the river."

"Rio Grande is impassable in San Pedro de Atacama and the B-07 and B-245 routes are also cut and disabled", Added.

To these is added Route 27 CH and Route 23 CH, cut in several sections, Route 21 CH also is closed, whereas impassable are the routes B-165, B-207 and B-223.

Besides, the Jama, Sico and Fita Calaix border complexes are closed for the weather until further notice, and has asked that the tourists of this last sector be transferred by the Ollagüe complex.

The Emergency Operation Committee (COE) in full session is sitting in Sant Pere, where there was also a power cut which until now has not been regularized.

I was hoping that the bad weather front would also start to feel in the city of Calama after 10:00 pm, so that The municipality has enabled two hostels with capacity for 40 people each one for those who need it.

At the moment, there is not a victim's registry as long as the COE does not deliver a definitive figure.

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