5 killed as violent storm hits Argentina

2013-04-02 18:50
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Buenos Aires - A violent storm with torrential rain and powerful wind, left five people dead on Tuesday in Buenos Aires as it knocked out power, downed trees and damaged homes, officials said.

More than 155mm of rain fell between midnight on Monday and 07:00 on Tuesday, the city weather service said.

That is a record for rainfall in April in the Argentine capital.

One of the dead was a subway worker electrocuted while trying to pump water out of a flooded station, union official Enrique Rosito said.

The other victims were three men and a woman killed in flooding and other damage caused by the storm, said Alberto Crescenti of the emergency medical service SAME.

Flash flooding was worst in northern parts of the city, where widespread construction over the past decade has not been matched by upgrades to the drainage system, environmentalists said.

The storm and deluge of water knocked out electricity, sent cars floating down streets, damaged poorly built homes, knocked out power and forced suspension of train service.

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