Friday, April 5, 2013

Toll climbs to 59 in deadly Argentina flooding

Space Daily via AFP: The number of deaths from record rains and flooding in Argentina climbed to 59, officials said as they searched Thursday for about 20 people still missing.

Most of the bodies were found Wednesday after a second day of record rainfall deluged Buenos Aires and nearby La Plata, where flooding submerged cars and sent people scrambling to rooftops for safety.

President Cristina Kirchner declared three days of national mourning starting Thursday in honor of the victims. Kirchner surveyed the devastation by helicopter the day before, flying over La Plata, a bustling university town of about one million inhabitants where she grew up, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital.

Several people perished in Buenos Aires and its suburbs, while various others were missing and feared dead...

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