Chile was virtually buried with an estimated 31.5 inches of snow after a cold front brought subzero temperatures to much of South America, including Argentina and Uruguay.
people were isolated because of massive snowfalls in Chile, in a region in the southern part of the country, already affected by the recent eruption of Puyehue volcano.
Authorities launched operations for clearing the roads, and for assuring the transport of water, power and aliments to the isolated population, where temperatures dropped under -20 degrees Celsius and the snow layer reaches over 2.5 meters high in various areas.
The isolated rural communities are located at about 600 kilometers south Santiago and were affected by the cloud of ash released by Puyehue volcano in the atmosphere, beginning with 4th of July.
“The Government decided to help the needy residents and declared natural disaster state, which allow us to use many means in order to help the citizens” Chilean president, Sebastian Pinera, declared