Flooding Death Toll Rises In Argentina

LA PLATA, Argentina (April 3, 2013)—The governor of Argentina's Buenos Aires province says at least 46 people have died in flooding from torrential rains in his provincial capital, which increases the overall death toll from three days of rains to at least 52.

More than a quarter-million people remain without power in Argentina's capital and surrounding province.

Nearly 1 million people live in and around the city of La Plata and many are struggling to recover even as more rain is in the forecast.

Gov. Daniel Scioli said Wednesday that emergency workers are focusing on the people most in need.

Scioli said many of the deaths involved people who drowned after trying to take shelter in their cars in Tolusa, a suburb of La Plata.

Argentina's YPF oil company said the rains also flooded the country's largest refinery, causing a fire that took hours to put out.

The refinery suspended operations as a result, and the company said it a team is evaluating how to get the refinery restarted.


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