People evacuated after Argentine mudslide

A road covered in mud after a landslide caused by a storm in the village of Volcan, Argentina.
FRANCK FIFE/Reuters

A road covered in mud after a landslide caused by a storm in the village of Volcan, Argentina.

Two woman are dead and 1000 people have been evacuated in the northern Argentine province of Jujuy after intense rains caused a massive mudslide.

The town of Volcan and Tumbaya were the communities most heavily affected by the mudslide caused by a downpour on Tuesday.

Two stretches of Highway 9, one of the main roads through the region, were washed out. Photographs showed buildings half-buried by the debris.

The landslide also affected the Dakar road race, which had to suspend its ninth phase.
FRANCK FIFE/Reuters

The landslide also affected the Dakar road race, which had to suspend its ninth phase.

The two women were found on Tuesday inside a vehicle that had overturned and on Wednesday Red Cross authorities confirmed five people were injured in assorted incidents in the area.

The landslide also affected the Dakar road race, which had to suspend its ninth phase and adjust its route because of poor weather conditions and the cutting of Highway 9.

Eighty percent of the population of Volcan has between 50-80 cm of mud in their homes.
FRANCK FIFE/Reuters

Eighty percent of the population of Volcan has between 50-80 cm of mud in their homes.

A detour of some 200 kilometres had to be implemented for the majority of the vehicles in the competition.

The evacuated people "are being transported to five ... centres, two in San Salvador de Jujuy and three in Volcan," Argentine Red Cross communications director Natalia Gennero told EFE.

Despite the fact that the weather situation has improved, it is not known when local residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

"Eighty per cent of the population of Volcan has between 50-80 cm of mud in their homes," Gennero said.

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Meanwhile, Gennero said that cleanup crews were working in the area and waiting for the homes to dry out and for machinery to be able to clear Highway 9.

On Tuesday, heavy flooding occurred in the region and the water reached 1.2 metres deep in the town of Tumbaya, the Red Cross said in a statement.

 - AAP

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