SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The heavy rainfall that battered Chile’s usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.
“For Chile, this particular system can only be possible in an environment of a changed climate,” Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Jeremiah Lengoasa told Reuters on a visit to Santiago on Friday.
SANTIAGO, March 26 (Reuters) – The heaviest rains to hit
Chile’s northern desert regions in 20 year have left at least
two people dead and 24 missing as the torrential downpours
caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving
thousands of residents stranded.
The government’s ONEMI emergency office reported early
Thursday that nearly 61,000 people were without power and almost
50,000 lacked drinking water in the usually arid regions of
Coquimbo, Atacama and Antofagasta.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Heavy rains in Chile’s northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing top copper miner Codelco to suspend mining operations.
The government’s ONEMI emergency office reported that nearly 40,000 people were without power and almost 50,000 lacked drinking water in the northern Coquimbo and Atacama regions. The Antofagasta region was also affected.
Despite a diem horribilis yesterday and a general consensus that he did not win either of the two TV debates already held, Labour leader Gordon Brown can take some comfort ahead of tonight’s key economy debate that he is a nose ahead of his rivals in the social media sphere.
Alterian analysed over 300,000 conversations in blogs, wikis and social networks between February 26 and April 26 and found that Brown was the candidate who received the most overall mentions and had the most positive feedback.
Paths crunching under foot, pink-cheeked children throwing snowballs, trees glistening…..the ideal of a white Christmas is almost close enough to touch (with warm gloves) this year.
Most of us in the UK have grown up with the reality of a dull, grey, mild climate accompanying the Christmas revelry. But if some scientists are right, more of the snowy stuff at yuletide may be nigh.
Argentina’s cash-strapped government has just laid out a wad of crisp pesos (600 million a year – about US$155 million - to be precise) to pay for the rights to broadcast Argentine league games for nada on TV .
It’s a move that is bound to go down well in the soccer mad nation, but has been roundly criticised for being populist and a waste of state funds.