Mudslide fuelled in southern Chile leaves five people dead and 15 missing

This handout photo released by Rescate Chaiten shows part of the town of Villa Santa Lucia near Chaiten in southern Chile that was devastated by a landslide that left five dead and 15 missing on December 16, 2017, after flooding destroyed part of the town following heavy rains. / AFP PHOTO / RESCATE CHAITEN / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/RESCATE CHAITEN/HO" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-GETTY OUT

Vastavam web: A mudslide fuelled by heavy rains has swept over a village in southern Chile, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing, officials said.Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region, located 1,272 km south of Chile’s capital, Santiago.She met with her team of ministers to coordinate rescue and assistance efforts.

Earlier yesterday, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Madmud Aleuy said there were three people dead, including an unidentified tourist, and 15 others missing.
Some of the injured were taken by helicopter to medical centres. Two families were evacuated because of a fire caused by the slide, authorities said. Water and electricity service to the area was knocked out.