Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013

25 killed in record Argentina downpour

At least 25 people died in flooding in the Argentine city of La Plata as torrential rains fell, the regional governor said yesterday.
The deaths raised to 33 the number of people killed this week following record heavy rain in Argentina.
A powerful storm that earlier pummeled Buenos Aires slammed La Plata, located 63 kilometers south of the Argentine capital, overnight Tuesday to Wednesday.
“The bodies began to appear as the water subsided,” said Governor Daniel Scioli, who announced the death toll.
A record 40 centimeters (16 inches) of rain fell on La Plata in a two hour period, officials said, knocking out phone lines and leaving people in the dark.
Some 2,200 people fled the city because of heavy rain, and many of those who remained were forced to scramble to rooftops for safety.