Strange Weather Indeed

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Storm kills 37, floods cities in southwest China

Thirty-seven people died in a 16-hour thunder storm in southwest China that caused heavy flooding and brought air, road and rail traffic to a halt, the government and state media said on Wednesday.

Chongqing municipality received 266.6 mm (10- inches) of rain between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, the largest volume since records began in 1892, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local meteorological bureau.

Thirty-two of the deaths were in Chongqing and five were in the neighboring province of Sichuan, Xinhua said. Both places have already suffered badly from storms and floods this year and were hit by the worst drought in more than a century last summer.

The storm had made the main city and more than 20 suburban towns in landlocked and mountainous Chongqing “isolated islands” as highways were closed, streets flooded, bus services suspended, gas stations closed and power cut off, reports said.

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Buenos Aires sees rare snowfall

Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, has seen snow for the first time in 89 years, as a cold snap continues to grip several South American nations.

Temperatures plunged to -22C (-8F) in parts of Argentina’s province of Rio Negro, while snow fell on Buenos Aires for several hours on Monday.Two deaths from exposure were reported in Argentina and one in Chile.In Bolivia, heavy snowfall blocked the nation’s main motorway and forced the closure of several airports.

In Argentina, several provinces in the Andes have been placed under a storm alert, according to the national weather centre

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