Heavy Rains Close Chile'south El Teniente Copper Mine

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:44 AM

The world'south top copper producer said it expects to restart operations Thursday. It estimates its losses at about 1.500 metric tons of copper each day that the mine is halted.

Chile'south state-run mining company, Codelco, said Monday that operations at its El Teniente copper mine will be suspended for six days due to torrential rains over the weekend that caused heavy flooding.

The world'south top copper producer said it expects to restart operations Thursday. It estimates its losses at about 1.500 metric tons of copper each day that the mine is halted. The company has also been tough hit by lower prices and demand for copper after an economic slowdown in China as well as dwindling ore grades.

The rains that began Saturday also caused the Rio Mapocho to flood several areas of Chile'south capital, causing power outages and landslides. Schools were canceled and water service was slice to 4.5 million people around Santiago.

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