UPDATE 1-Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents

March 27, 2015 3:59 AM

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SANTIAGO, March 26 (Reuters) - The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 19 others were unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers.

The downpours in the usually arid region have been the heaviest in about 80 years, although the worst of the bad weather appeared to be over, meteorologists said.

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