Atacama City on Flood Alert After Unusual Desert Rains

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The Chilean city of San Pedro De Atacama is the driest place in the world. Well, that was the case before unusually heavy rain over the weekend saw rivers in the area burst their banks. Let's take a look.

The Chilean city of San Pedro De Atacama is located on a plateau in the world's driest desert.

But heavy rain over the weekend sent area rivers flooding over their banks and put the city on yellow alert for flooding.

Chile's Loa river cuts through the Atacama Desert as it makes its way from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

In flood, it's quite a sight for visitors.

[Visitor]:
"It's impressive, not something you see every day."

Officials have warned residents of the small city of about 5 thousand that the water level in a number of area rivers continues to rise.

Already a number of homes are affected by flooding.

[Luis Garrido, Governor, Loa Province]:
"The Salado River is rising because of the intense rain we had yesterday and in the early morning hours today."

The city is expected to be on alert until at least Wednesday.

A number of roads and highways leading to the town have been closed due to flood and possible landslide concerns.

Many tourist activities have also been suspended and emergency crews are on the alert to keep them safe.

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