Flooding in Chilean desert region kills six
Flash floods in a normally bone-dry region of northern Chile killed six people and left 19 missing, officials said, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency and send in the army. The downpour began late Tuesday in the Atacama region, home to the world's most arid desert, and lashed the area for hours, turning riverbeds that had been dry for years into torrents. The interior ministry declared a state of emergency late Wednesday and invoked a constitutional clause transferring power from the regional government to the military. The weather forced state copper company Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, to temporarily halt operations in Atacama and the neighboring region of Antofagasta.