A snowy road in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Photo taken on July 15, 2010.
Latin America: Week in Review

Cold Front Strikes The Southern Cone, Killing Dozens In Argentina

July 21, 2010 By Staff
A snowy road in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Photo taken on July 15, 2010.

A snowy road in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Photo taken on July 15, 2010.

Today in Latin America

Top StoryParts of South America have been hit by a strong cold front, that has left dozens of people dead.

In Argentina alone, at least 26 people have died from exposure, carbon monoxide inhalation and other weather related problems.

The cold front set in over last weekend and has caused snowy conditions throughout much of the region. South America is currently in the dead of winter.

In Paraguay, ten people have died from the cold and in neighboring Uruguay, two deaths were reported.

In Chile, after the death on one homeless person, Santiago’s homeless population took shelter in sports stadiums and other facilities and in the province of Aysen, communities there have been cut off because of heavy snow.

The cold front has also been harsh on the region’s livestock, with Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay all reporting large scale deaths of farm animals. Pregnant Alpacas were losing their babies and young Alpacas were dying due to the cold in Peru.

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[…] so a few heatwaves do not prove the world is warming. After all, it’s not hot everywhere: the southern cone of South America is currently enduring a cold snap that has killed dozens of […]

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