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Heavy Storm event report

Category: Heavy Storm
Observation: 04.04.2013
Continent: South-America
Country: Argentina
State: Federal District Region
Area: Mainly Buenos Aires and La Plata
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Severity: Hight
Event details
Flash floods killed at least 52 people and forced about 1,500 residents to evacuate the Argentine city of La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province, government officials said. Some people drowned after being trapped in their cars or while walking along city streets when the water rose suddenly on Tuesday night, while others were electrocuted, provincial governor Daniel Scioli told reporters. The same storm killed at least five people in Buenos Aires, which lies about 60 km (36 miles) northwest of La Plata. Local media said between 300 and 400 millimeters (12 to 16 inches) of rain fell in just two hours, flooding low-lying neighborhoods in La Plata and surrounding areas. President Cristina Fernandez, who grew up near La Plata, visited the flood zone and promised to send more police to calm people's fears that evacuated homes could be looted.
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