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    Chilean children enjoyed snowball fights. | Photo: AFP

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Children engage in snowball fights and build snowmen for the first time in their lives.

On Saturday, snow fell in Chile's capital, Santiago, for the first time in about 20 years.

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Up to 5 centimeters of snow was reported in some parts of the city during the unusual experience that also left some 337,000 people without electricity, according to the Office of National Emergency (ONEMI).

Officials said that the weather affected one in seven residents.

A man touches the snow in Santiago. Photo: AFP

One resident said: "Yes, the snow fell but also it feels like a magical atmosphere here in Bella (the Bellavista neighborhood) and in Santiago generally. No one expected it."

On a more somber note, a security guard reportedly died from a heart attack while trying to clear snow, according to reports. And two others were also thought to have been injured after suffering electric shocks from a damaged cable.

A woman and a child gleefully experience the snow. Photo: AFP

The snow, which made driving troublesome, delighted the children, who engaged in snowball fights and the building of snowmen for the first time in their lives.

"Incredible. I remember more or less in 70-something (in the 1970s). It was the last time that it snowed in Santiago and it looked precious, Santiago, like this," one resident recounted. 

"Look at how it's snowing, the little cakes of snow, marvelous. It is impressive."


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