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4,000 People Isolated by Mudslides Rescued in Western Argentina

BUENOS AIRES Argentine emergency services on the weekend managed to rescue almost 4,000 people who had been trapped by mudslides that covered roads in the high mountains in the western border province of Mendoza, authorities told EFE on Monday.

The rescue was carried out thanks to the fleeting opening of a road down which vehicles could travel but it is expected that operations to clear the roadways will take another 48 hours, provided that weather conditions do not complicate the situation, the Mendoza government said.

The Cristo Redentor international pass connecting Argentina with Chile over the Andes remains closed and forecasts are for new storms in the area.

The mudslides occurred throughout the day on Saturday, and by midnight there had been 11 landslides, nine partial ones and two complete ones of significant dimensions, the sources said.

 

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