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Around 15,000 people have lost power and many copper mines had to close down. Chile is the largest copper producing nation in the world and most of its reserve are in the Atacama desert, the driest non-polar desert on earth.

Operations at some of the world’s largest copper mines, including Escondida and Codelco were disrupted due to heavy rains, snow and winds in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

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