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Heavy rains flood Argentina's capital; 1 dead

A woman walks by cars piled up by flash floods after heavy rains in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: Heavy rains in Argentina's capital are causing damage and one reported death. More than a thousand people have evacuated their homes.

Nearly 5 inches (130 millimeters) of rain fell in just a few hours Monday morning, causing power outages, flooding subways and train lines and turning streets into rivers.

The prolonged storm front also forced dozens of flights to turn away from Buenos Aires.

Especially hard-hit are the city's teeming slums, where open sewage runs over dirt passageways even when it's dry. Many of those slums are built alongside the Matanza River, which overran its banks during the storm.

Argentina's state-run news agency Telam reports one fatality: an elderly man whose children found his body inside his flooded home next to the river.

 

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