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13 dead in Argentina as club roof collapses in storm

By AFP
December 18, 2023

BUENOS AIRES: A powerful storm led to the deaths of at least 13 people on Sunday in the Argentina port city of Bahia Blanca when the roof of a sports club collapsed, authorities said.

The heavy rains and wind that pummelled Bahia Blanca caused the roof to give way at a facility where a skating competition was taking place, according to sources from the mayor´s office.

This image shows the backyard of the Club Bahiense del Norte, in Bahia Blanca on December 17, 2023. — AFP
This image shows the backyard of the Club Bahiense del Norte, in Bahia Blanca on December 17, 2023. — AFP 

“Unfortunately, the emergency service confirms the death of 13 people in the Bahiense del Norte club,” the municipality said in a statement, adding that firefighters were working at the site where people remained trapped under rubble. Winds of more than 140-kms per hour were recorded in the city, parts of which lost power.