Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flooding, wildfires shake Argentina

Terra Daily via AFP: The heaviest rain in decades pounded much of central and western Argentina on Tuesday, prompting evacuations, even as wildfires roared across much of the parched far south.

Rain has been heaviest in the provinces of Cordoba, San Luis, Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe's capital city of the same name, forecasters said. In the central-western region, "this is the worst weather disaster we have seen in the past 50 years," said Cordoba governor Jose Manuel de la Sota.

His province alone has seen at least seven people killed and 1,000 evacuated in the past two weeks. In San Luis province "there are families who have lost everything," said Facundo Dominguez, mayor of Concaran.

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