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Unusual snowfall causes blackouts in Santiago, Chile

17 Juillet 2017

It's winter in southern South America, but snow is rare in Chile's capital, Santiago.

On a more somber note, a security guard reportedly died from a heart attack while trying to clear snow, according to reports.

Meteorologists say this is the heaviest snowfall in Santiago in a decade, which has caused massive traffic disruptions and forced the postponing of several sporting events including some Copa Chile tournament games.

Still, residents enjoyed the snow, some calling it "magical".

Two other people were injured after being electrocuted by a fallen power line, the statement added.

About 337,000 people were affected by the outages, according to teleSUR.

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

Drivers in Santiago also faced risky driving conditions amid the unusual weather, which brought the heaviest snowfall to the country's largest city since 2007.

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time".

"Unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, flood risks and unexpected floods are just a few of its effects reaching an unprecedented scale each year".

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

Unusual snowfall causes blackouts in Santiago, Chile