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Flooding displaces thousands in Chile

10,000 without safe drinking water , many without power

SANTIAGO, Chile | May 29, 2012

Thousands of people in Chile were without safe drinking water or power after weekend flooding swamped south-central Chile, killing two people, officials said.

Officials said the flooding displaced at least 3,542 people, left about 10,000 without drinking water in the Bio Bio region and left more than 400,000 without power throughout the country as of late Monday, the Santiago Times reported Tuesday.

Miguel Ortiz of the Center of Early Alerts said warnings were sent to communities along the Tinguiririca and Cachapoal rivers, alerting them to potential flooding and urging residents and officials to exercise caution.

"We want to warn against acts of carelessness," Ortiz told La Tercera.

Alerts were dispatched in the Bio Bio region Sunday after winds reaching up to 74 mph swept across several communities, damaging or destroying buildings, felling trees and causing power outages, the Times reported.

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