Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Arid Atacama Desert

March 26, 2015 7:22 AM

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Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Arid Atacama Desert

Heavy rains in the Andes sent flash floods through Chile’s Atacama desert Tuesday evening, leaving thousands without power or running water. The area is normally one of the driest in the world.

Overwhelmed by runoff, the river that runs through Copiapo, Atacama’s capital city, overflowed its banks with more rain predicted over the next 12 hours.

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