This Thursday night, a tornado swept through the northwest of Los Ángeles (Bío Bío region), a city in the south of Chile. It caused huge devastation, destroyed 22 homes and injured 16 people.
Bío Bío governor, Sergio Giacaman, confirmed the number of damaged homes as well as the amount of people admitted to hospital, which includes a minor who needed surgery and a pregnant 17-year-old teenager.
Before the first official emergency management committee, the local chief of the National Emergency Office (Onemi, in Spanish), Carolina Zambrano, had said that only six people required medical attention.
Los Ángeles mayor, Esteban Krause, said that the tornado affected “a number of blocks, cars, houses that were damaged” and that even some light posts fell due to the storm.
President Sebastián Piñera took to Twitter to send his thoughts to those suffering. The head of State, a conservative billionaire, affirmed the Government is already organising the delivery of aid for the area.
According to neighbours, the tornado was preceded by giant hailstones and strong winds. It also caused traffic disruptions and it damaged power lines, which led to a blackout that affected 12 thousand clients. In light of this, Friday classes were cancelled at public, voucher, and private schools.
Source: BioBio Chile