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    2 Dead, 24 Missing in Chile as Abnormal Flooding Hits Driest Place Globally

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    Abnormal flooding in Chile's Atacama Region, located in the Atacama desert, known as the driest place in the world, left a 45-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man dead and at least 24 people missing.

    The government declared a state of emergency, urging locals to flee the affected area.

    Several cities in the usually dry Atacama Region, including the major city of Copiapó, were flooded due to excessive rains. 700 people are estimated to have lost their homes. Approximately 40,000 people were left without power.

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