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Deadly landslide razes Chilean tourist village

Deadly landslide razes Chilean tourist village
By Robert Hackwill
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At least five people are dead and 15 are missing after mud enveloped Villa Santa Luca.


A landslide has completely destroyed a small village in Chile, Villa Santa Luca, on the edge of the tourist region of the Corcovado National Park.

At least five people are reported dead and another 15 are missing.

The government has declared a disaster zone at the site, where torrential overnight rain has destabilised hillsides.

Rescue workers are continuing to search through the debris.

The mudslide also swept away a school, roadways, and a voting centre ahead of Chile´s presidential election on Sunday.

More than 4.5 inches , (11.4 cm),  of rain fell in 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said, but weather conditions were expected to improve later in the day.

Villa Santa Lucia borders Chile's Corcovado National Park, a popular tourist region of volcanoes, fjords and vast forests. The nearby Chaiten volcano erupted in 2008, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.

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