Photo: Deadly Storms in Argentina
Fourteen people were killed and 18 others injured in a storm that brought rain, hail and winds of more than 90 kph (56 mph) to the provinces of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe, Argentine authorities said Thursday.
Residents of this capital and its suburbs woke up to flooding and streets blocked by downed trees and light poles.
The storm also cut electricity to some neighborhoods and interrupted passenger rail service, while transportation in general was snarled amid heavy Holy Week travel.
Two of the 14 fatalities died of electrocution and the rest were crushed beneath collapsing roofs, walls and trees, the emergency management office said.
Ten people were hurt, two of them seriously, when the roof of a church in Claypole, Buenos Aires, was ripped away by the wind and landed on commuters waiting at a bus stop some 40 meters (yards) away, paramedics said.
“Almost a tornado, an infernal thing” was how an official of the Buenos Aires provincial government, Diego Santilli, described the storm that descended on the area Wednesday night.