A massive snowstorm dumped some six feet of snow on Chile's Araucancia region, leaving many without power and communities completely cut off from the rest of the country.
Residents of the mountainous region of the Andes were forced to dig out from massive piles of snow and television footage showed homes almost completely burried in the snow.
A heavy snow season has disrupted highways and mountain passes connecting the southern Chilean region with Argentina via snowy Andes Mountain passes.
Emergency crews were removing snow from vital highways to allow for transportation to continue in and out of the secluded area as residents said they were also facing communication complications.
"We are already having problems with food [shortages] both with livestock and people," area police chief Ivan Bezmalinovic said.
The Pino Hachado pass was the only connection to neighboring Argentina open as of Tuesday morning.
In addition to transportation and communication problems, 15,000 people were reportedly without electricity.
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