Apr 3, 2013

Buenos Aires Flash Floods Kill Eight

Eight people have died in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and its suburbs after torrential rain caused flash floods.

More than 155mm (6in) of rain fell overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Poor drainage meant that hundreds of thousands of residents woke up to flooded streets and power cuts.

One of those who died was a worker for the city's underground system who was electrocuted while trying to pump water from a flooded station.

Two other people drowned when their cars filled with flood water.

Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri said about 350,000 people had been affected by the torrents of rain.

Thousands of cars were carried away by floods and hundreds of families had to be evacuated from their homes.

The city authorities said it was the heaviest April rainfall in a century.


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