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Chilean homes without water; 3 dead, 19 missing in floods

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By Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of homes in communities around Chile’s capital remained without water Monday as authorities struggled to restore service following floods caused by Andean rainfall.

Residents gather water from a fire hydrant at a neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/ Esteban Felix / MANILA BULLETIN)

Residents gather water from a fire hydrant at a neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/ Esteban Felix / MANILA BULLETIN)

There were three confirmed deaths and 19 people were listed as missing in the flooding.

More than half of the communities in the greater Santiago area and as many as 5 million people nationwide were affected by the weekend flooding as rocks and other debris choked the intakes for urban water systems.

The Aguas Andinas water company said Monday that service had been restored to about 50 percent of the homes and businesses that initially suffered cuts. Authorities over the weekend said service was out to as many as 1.4 million homes in and around Santiago starting Saturday.

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