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Flooding in Colombia and Argentina, thousands displaced

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One person is missing, some 60,000 people were effected and wide material losses were registered after 48 hours of heavy rains since Saturday in some areas of the Antioquia department (in north-western Colombia). It is feared that the toll will rise over the next hours. The heavy rains mainly hit the areas of Turbo, Andes and Bagre, where various rivers flooded, mainly the Turbo River. A similar situation occurred thousands of kilometres more to the south, in Argentina, though apparently with less severe consequences. The strong rains that fell in the past hours caused some rivers to flood also in the city of San Antonio Areco (113km north of Buenos Aires), causing what the governor Daniel Scioli described as a "catastrophic situation". Some 3,000 people were evacuated from the flooded area, but authorities indicated the presence of "many people" that found shelter on the roofs of their homes. Difficulties and some damages to infrastructure were registered in central Peru, hit in the past 48 hours by heavy rains.

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