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Serious floods hit north Argentina

Argentina/Bolivia, S.A.
Serious floods have hit the northern Argentine province of Salta, forcing some 15,000 people to evacuate, officials said on Monday.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in southern Bolivia have sharply elevated the water level of the Pilcomayo River which flows through Argentina's Salta province, inundating towns and villages along the river.

In the province's northeastern part, the worst hit region, some towns were isolated by flooding, and civil authorities had to airdrop relief supplies such as food, drinking water and medicaments for the residents, province governor Juan Urtubey said.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Salta province and rescue work has started. No casualties have been reported so far, the governor said.

Heavy floods have been ravaging Bolivia, which borders with Argentina in the south. According to latest official figures, 27 people have died so far in the country, four are still missing and about 21,500 families have suffered from the disaster.
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