Low-cost street lights are brightening up public spaces and creating a safer environment for women in Bogotá, Colombia.
Several of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground in 2010 have lost their homes in floods in the same region.
Dozens of people have been killed during storms which brought intense rains, landslides and high waves to Ecuador and Chile, with many more missing.

Peru bus pile-up kills 37

A Peru crash involving three buses and a truck has left 37 people dead and another 70 people hurt.
Indigenous leaders from Peru's Amazon region say they're still waiting for government protection from illegal loggers.
A magnitude-6.1 earthquake has shaken far northern Chile.
Chile is facing a "massive environmental catastrophe" due to wildfires in its south.

Ten killed in Uruguay plane crash

A plane has crashed into a lake in eastern Uruguay, killing all 10 people on board, rescue officials say.
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck the southern Chilean city of Concepcion, about 500 kilometres south of the capital Santiago.
The bodies of the 10 people killed when two helicopters crashed in Argentina during the filming of a French reality TV show have been identified.

Over a million rally in Brazil

More than a million people have turned out in Brazil for demonstrations against the government of recently re-elected leftist president Dilma Rousseff.
The death toll following a horror bus crash into a ravine in Brazil's south has climbed to 54.
At least 49 people on a Brazil tour bus have been killed when the bus plunged 400 metres into a wooden ravine.
Around 7000 residents forced to flee a forest fire that threatened the Chilean seaport city of Valparaiso have been allowed to return to their homes.
The historic port city of Valparaiso in Chile is again under threat from forest fires after 15 people were killed in blazes last year.

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