Chile – 71 workers trapped by snow

Isolated by three meters (10 ft) of snow that hit the central area of the country.

5 June 2016 – About 71 workers of the Libertadores Complex were trapped by snow.

Road machinery has worked since Friday to open a gap in the snow, and start clearing the road.

“Guillermo de la Maza, regional director of Valparaiso Onemi said that 71 people were marooned

Also, two people died of hypothermia in Santiago due to low temperatures.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

3 thoughts on “Chile – 71 workers trapped by snow”

  1. Brazil, June 06, 2016. Week may be the coldest in 16 years.
    Thermometers can reach -2 degrees in rural Criciuma.
    This week will be intense cold throughout the state. A cold air mass is acting on Monday and another comes to the region on Thursday. The bitter cold will remain for Saturday and Sunday and part of next week.
    Monday started with 11 degrees and will at most to 15 degrees in the afternoon. On Tuesday the day dawns with 3 degrees in the countryside and reaches 16 degrees in the afternoon. On Wednesday, the day begins with 4 degrees and also is no more than 16 degrees.
    Thursday the day will be even cooler. The forecast is that the day dawns with -2 degrees in the countryside. The same condition will be repeated on Friday and the forecast is -2 degrees. The maximum is no more than 16 degrees on both days.
    As the climatologist Epagri of Urussanga, Márcio SONEGO, the low temperatures this week may be the most intense of the last 16 years, remembering the cold registered in the year 2000. In the mountains, the thermometer may register up to -8 degrees.
    Plantations – The intense cold the next few days will be detrimental to the planting of banana and passion fruit, for example. The native pasture will also be impaired because of the planned frost. On the coast, the sea will be busy in the coming days.
    Reader’s comment: Some people may think this is just a little bit of freezing in the night time, but remember Brazil is a tropical country in which banana and passion fruit plantations are very vulnerable for below zero temperatures.

  2. The cold will hit harder only in the southern states.. We’re used to the cold.

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