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April 4, 2013
Death toll from Argentine floods hits 57

LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine police and soldiers searched house to house, in creeks and culverts and even in trees for bodies on Thursday after floods killed at least 57 people in the province and city of Buenos Aires.

As torrential rains stopped and the waters receded, the crisis shifted to guaranteeing public health and safety in this provincial capital of nearly 1 million people. Safe drinking water was in short supply, and more than a quarter-million people were without power, although authorities said most would get their lights back on overnight.

Many people barely escaped with their lives after seeing everything they own disappear under water reeking with sewage and fuel that rose more than six feet (nearly two meters) high inside some homes. The wreckage was overwhelming: piles of broken furniture, overturned cars, ruined food and other debris.

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People embrace outside a club where the Red Cross set up a center to help flood victims in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. Buenos Aires Gov. Daniel Scioli says 49 people died in this flooded capital of Argentina's largest province as torrential rains swamped entire neighborhoods, washing away cars and flooding some houses to their rooftops. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Soledad Silva, whose home was destroyed by flooding, cares for her 4-day-old baby Jennifer inside a shelter run by the Red Cross inside a social sporting club in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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People affected by flooding line up outside the Red Cross which set up a center inside a social and sporting club in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Women are comforted by Alicia Kirchner, center, Argentina's Social Development Minister outside a sporting and social club where the Red Cross set up a base to help people affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A woman stands with two girls on a street with a mattress that was donated to them from the Red Cross which is helping people who were affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A woman carries donated items from the Red Cross which set up a center inside a social and sporting club to help people affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A woman using a sweater to cover her head lines up outside a sporting and social club that the Red Cross is using as a base to help people affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A woman is comforted by a neighbor outside her home where her belongings dry in the sun in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Men carry water past a car that flipped on its side during flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A man places his home's belongings outside to dry in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Men stand outside their home where they placed belongings to dry in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Men stand outside their homes as their belongings dry after flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Natalia Miseli cries outside a social and sporting center where the Red Cross set up to help people affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A man stands outside his home with his belongings as he waits for them to dry in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Vilma Gorostiaga cries outside her home as she dries her family pictures on the ground in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A child sleeps inside a school being used as a shelter for people affected by flooding in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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Juan Fernandez sits inside a club where the Red Cross set up a help center for people affected by flooding after his home was damaged in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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People affected by flooding line up to get help from the Red Cross in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Thursday, April 4, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A man with a boy in his arms wades through a flooded street in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A woman pushes her bike through a flooded street in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A man wades through a flooded street in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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People stand on the roof of their home above a flooded street where a taxi is submerged in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A couple looks at their flooded street from behind their home's window in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko
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A man pushes his bike through a flooded street in La Plata, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP / Natacha Pisarenko

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