LA PLATA, Argentina — At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight Tuesday in Argentina’s Buenos Aires Province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and leaving large stretches of the provincial capital under water.
Governor Daniel Scioli said many people drowned trying to take shelter in their cars in Tolosa, an area of the provincial capital of La Plata. Heavy rains had killed at least six people in the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires the day before.
Cars were flooded and rainwater flowed over the windowsills into many houses in La Plata. People waded out of their neighborhoods through chest-high water, and police and neighbors teamed up to evacuate families.
The rains — almost 16 inches in about two hours — hit provincial La Plata after causing widespread flooding and power outages in Buenos Aires. The six killed in Buenos Aires included an elderly woman who drowned inside her home.