Torrential storm proves deadly in Buenos Aires


People wade through flooded streets as the water starts subsiding in La Plata, located 63 km south of Buenos Aires, on Apr. 3, 2013 after a powerful storm pummeled the Argentine capital overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.


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Dozens are thought to be dead after a violent storm followed by torrential flooding hit Buenos Aires and La Plata, causing standing water on the streets and power cuts in the Argentine capital city.

At least 25 people were reported dead in La Plata, wrote the BBC, while at least another six died in Buenos Aires — many drowned as they sought shelter in their cars.

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"Such intense rain in so little time has left many people trapped in their cars, in the streets, in some cases electrocuted. We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs of their homes," said Buenos Aires provincial governor Daniel Scioli in a news conference, according to the Associated Press.

The storms began early on April 2nd and soon dropped six inches of rain before ending on Tuesday, an April record.

Over 350,000 residents of the city are thought to be affected, while more than 1,500 had been evacuated, a number that was thought likely to increase.

Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri said 600 emergency staff working non-stop were "not enough" to address the size of the disaster, wrote