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Heavy rains shut Chile's El Teniente copper mine

  • Machinery works in the middle of a flooded street in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Machinery works in the middle of a flooded street in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks under the rain in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    A man walks under the rain in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks in the middle of the mud covered street after a flood in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    A man walks in the middle of the mud covered street after a flood in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Authorities say the Rio Mapocho flooded several districts of the city and landslides killed at least one person. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

Chile's 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's 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 hard 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's capital, causing power outages and landslides. Schools were canceled and water service was cut to 4.5 million people around Santiago.