Argentina Deadly Rains


Pravda Report


Published on Apr 4, 2013

Rescue workers in a raft maneuver through a flooded street where cars are submerged along a street in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and leaving large stretches of the provincial capital under water.

Dozens of people have died in the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina after heavy rains caused flash floods.

One of the heaviest storms recorded moved through the province hitting both the capital, Buenos Aires, and the city of La Plata.

In La Plata, between 300mm (12in) and 400mm of rain fell in a few hours,

At least 35 people were killed there, said provincial governor Daniel Scioli, adding that the city "has never seen anything equal" to it.

Mr Scioli said city authorities had been discovering the bodies as the flood waters slowly receded.

At least another six people had died in the city of Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
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We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs"

Daniel Scioli Buenos Aires province Governor

In pictures: deadly floods

About 280,000 people remain without power in Buenos Aires province, according to figures given by National Planning Minister Julio de Vido.

"Our job is focused on restoring service, but we're going to wait until the equipment dries to guarantee the safety of the electricity workers, because we don't want any deaths," said Mr de Vido.

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