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A landslide near Farellones outside Santiago, Chile, made for a messy cleanup on Monday.
updated 9/8/2009 10:27:53 AM ET 2009-09-08T14:27:53

Landslides have swept through a popular ski area in Chile, killing two people and stranding hundreds of foreign tourists.

Police say the slides blocked portions of the 30-mile highway between the capital of Santiago and the Farellones ski center to the northeast.

The first slide Sunday buried homes and cars and swept a woman into a river, killing her. Authorities say her 1-year-old daughter is missing.

A second slide Monday swept away buildings at a mining company, killing a guard and injuring eight people.

Officials say 1,300 mostly foreign tourists were stranded until the highway could be cleared Monday afternoon. They blame the slides on heavy rains that have fallen in place of customary snowfall in the southern hemisphere's winter.

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