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article imageBuenos Aires under water from torrential rains — Updated

By Anne Sewell     Apr 3, 2013 in Environment
Buenos Aires - A combination of torrential rains and violent winds have inundated Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. At least five people have died. Later reports say up to 40 people dead.
The storm began on Tuesday morning, cutting off power and felling trees in the city. Heavy rains have caused flooding throughout the city, with the torrential rains turning the streets of Buenos Aires into rivers. Parked cars were piled on top of each other by the rushing water.
According to the city’s Mayor, Mauricio Macri,15 neighborhoods in the city have completely lost power and around 350,000 residents city-wide have been affected by the storms.
Macri said that the 600 emergency staff that worked through the night were “not enough” to assist the hundreds of thousands affected.
Torrential rains have flooded Buenos Aires in Argentina - April 2  2013
Torrential rains have flooded Buenos Aires in Argentina - April 2, 2013
Reportedly over six inches (155 mm) of rain fell between Monday and Tuesday in the city, breaking April 1989’s record of five-and-a-half inches (142 mm).
According to Daniel Russo, head of Buenos Aires' civil defense, “This amount of water is extraordinary.”
“There are some places where we never had recorded flooding before,” he added.
The north of the city was hit worst by the storm, with flash flooding forcing the evacuation of 300 people from a slum.
Buenos Aires flooded from torrential rains on April 2  2013
Buenos Aires flooded from torrential rains on April 2, 2013
Reports on the death toll vary but so far, most media outlets are quoting five dead. Among them was a subway worker, electrocuted as he attempted to aid in pumping water out of a flooded station. The death was confirmed to the Buenos Aires media by the subway workers' union boss Néstor Segovia. Apparently subway workers have started a six hour strike to protest the lack of security in the service.
Buenos Aires remains under a weather alert until Thursday. Residents have been advised to remain at home due to the dangers of loose electric cables and hospitals have been placed on full emergency standing.
Update: is reporting at least 35 persons dead and that 2,200 people have been evacuated.
The BBC is reporting more than 40 dead.
280,000 people reportedly remain without power in the Buenos Aires province.
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