chilean copper miner codelco part-suspends operations amid heavy rain - polycarbonate roof
Chile's national mining company Codelco said on Friday that heavy rain had forced Chuquicamata and ministra Hales to suspend operations at its northern copper mine.
As a precaution, Codelco said, it has sent workers on day shifts home and will assess whether night shifts are also canceled.
The world's largest copper producer said that despite the precautionary measures taken, the operations of other mines in the region, Radomiro Tomic and gabriel ela Mistral, will continue as usual.
After several days of heavy rain and storms, Chile's Interior Ministry announced a red alert in the neighboring provinces of elloya and antófagusta, which killed three people, cut roads, damaged houses and collapsed bridges.
The National Geological agency issued a warning on land and rock slides.
Codelco said that emergency response teams and managers have been deployed to travel together to two suspended mines to monitor and mitigate any impact caused by the weather.
Codelco also confirmed that in an "industrial site" operated by a third company, a polycarbonate roof collapsed
The contractor of Chuquicamata mine ranked second in production.
Reports say no injuries were caused by the collapse.
In 2017, 12% of Codelco's total output came from ministra Hales.