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Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2007, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
In pictures: Cold snap grips Chile

A woman walks in a snow-covered Santiago on 9 August 2007

Chile's capital, Santiago, has been hit by the first snowfall since 1998.

A man walks in a park in Santiago on 9 August 2007

Most of the city on Thursday was covered by a blanket of snow, 15cm (6in) deep in some places.

Commuters try to get on a bus in Santiago on 9 August 2007

The snow caused chaos on the roads of the city, and also led to some power cuts.

A general view of Chicureo, a snow-covered suburb of Santiago. Photo: 9 August 2007

Temperatures in parts of Chile plunged to below 0C (32F), making this year's winter one of the coldest in decades.

A man brushes snow from a mandarin tree in Colina, some 25 km north of Santiago

Losses in the country's agricultural sector could reach more than $200m, officials have warned.

Children play in the snow in Santiago on 9 August 2007

But many Chilean children did not mind the cold, enjoying the chance to play in the snow.

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