|Severe Flooding in Santiago|
February 27, 2017
Heavy rains and severe flooding in Santiago, Chile, have resulted in landslides and a disruption in the municipal water supply. Our Santiago resident director, Isabel Yevenes, has been in contact with IFSA-Butler students and their host families to verify their safety and to emphasize precautions with regard to the flooding and obtaining safe drinking water.
Santiago authorities cut the city's water supply on Saturday over concerns about contamination. IFSA-Butler requires host families to maintain emergency kits, including bottled water, in their homes as a precaution for situations such as this. In addition, there are numerous points of bottled water distribution around Santiago.
IFSA-Butler Santiago students arrived in Chile for orientation last week, and classes are scheduled to begin at our affiliated Santiago universities this week and next week. Chilean authorities are urging schools and universities to delay the start of the semester, so IFSA-Butler will continue to proceed with orientation and update students on any class schedule changes.
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