Flooding in Chile left millions without water in the nation's capital of Santiago
February 27, 2017 07:43 PM EST
Heavy rains and landslides hit Santiago, Chile, over the weekend, leaving millions of people without drinking water.
At least three people were killed and 19 are still missing after the rains caused rivers to overflow their banks, washing away bridges.
The mudslides contaminated the Maipo River, which is the city's primary source of drinking water, according to
The New York Times.
Aguas Andinas, the company that provides water to Santiago, told
The Guardian that the heavy rains have made it difficult to make repairs. The New York Times reports the suspended service affects a total of 5 million people.
In addition, nearly 400 people became stranded in Cajón del Maipo, which is a gorge southeast of Santiago where the Maipo River flows.
“Emergency teams are working on the ground to connect with isolated persons and re-establish the water supply wherever possible,” Chilean president Michelle Bachelet tweeted.
Equipos a cargo de la emergencia trabajan en terreno para conectar personas aisladas y restablecer el suministro de agua apenas sea posible.