Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Floods cause chaos in Buenos Aires

A man looks at damaged cars piled up by flash floods after heavy rains in Buenos Aires (AP)
A man looks at damaged cars piled up by flash floods after heavy rains in Buenos Aires (AP)

Heavy rain in Argentina's capital has caused major damage and at least one reported death.

More than 1,000 people evacuated their homes in Buenos Aires as nearly five inches of rain fell in a few hours.

The deluge caused power cuts, flooded subways and train lines and turned streets into rivers.

The prolonged storm front also forced dozens of flights to turn away from Buenos Aires.

Especially hard-hit are the city's teeming slums, where open sewage runs over dirt passageways even when it is dry.

Many of the slums are built alongside the Matanza River, which overran its banks during the storm.

Argentina's state-run news agency Telam said an elderly man was found dead inside his flooded home next to the river.

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