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Violent storm kills at least eight in Argentina
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Buenos Aires (AFP) April 2, 2013

Total of 66 Tibet landslide bodies recovered: media
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2013 - Chinese rescue crews have recovered a total of 66 bodies in the aftermath of a huge landslide in Tibet that buried more than 80 mine workers, state media said Wednesday.

A total of 83 people were buried on Friday when a vast volume of rock crashed down a mountainside east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, burying a mineworkers' camp.

The latest number of recovered bodies, reported by China's official news agency Xinhua, would mean that 17 were still missing.

Rescue operations resumed Tuesday morning after being suspended a day before due to fears of more landslides in the area.

The chances of finding any survivors are regarded as slim, state media has reported. Experts from the ministry of land and resources were investigating the cause of the landslide.

Mountainous regions of Tibet are prone to such disasters, which can be exacerbated by heavy mining activity.

In recent years China has discovered huge mineral resources in Tibet, including tens of millions of tonnes of copper, lead and zinc, and billions of tonnes of iron ore.

At least eight people died after torrential rain and strong winds battered Buenos Aires and its suburbs, knocking out power, downing trees and affecting 350,000 residents, officials said Tuesday.

More than six inches (155 mm) of rain fell between midnight Monday and 7 am Tuesday, the city weather service said, setting an April record for the Argentine capital.

One of the dead was a subway worker electrocuted while trying to pump water out of a flooded station, union official Enrique Rosito said.

Other victims included three men and two women killed in flooding and other damage caused by the storm, said Alberto Crescenti of the emergency medical service SAME.

Federal police reported two more fatalities.

Some 350,000 people were impacted by the deluge, Mayor Mauricio Macri told a televised news conference.

Flash flooding was worst in northern parts of the city, where widespread construction over the past decade has not been matched by upgrades to the drainage system, environmentalists said.

It was here that about 300 people were evacuated from a slum, Macri said.

The storm and flooding knocked out electricity, sent cars floating down streets, damaged poorly built homes, knocked out power and forced suspension of train service.

About 14 million people live in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas.

A weather alert remains in effect for the metropolitan area through Thursday.


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Violent storm kills six in Argentina
Buenos Aires (AFP) April 2, 2013
Six people were killed after torrential rain and powerful winds battered Buenos Aires, knocking out power, downing trees and damaging homes, officials said Tuesday. More than six inches (155 mm) of rain fell between midnight Monday and 7 am Tuesday, the city weather service said. That is a record for rainfall in April in the Argentine capital. One of the dead was a subway worker electroc ... read more

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