At least four people died in a storm that lashed parts of Argentina with heavy rains and winds of more than 100 kph (62 mph), authorities said Tuesday.
Two of the dead were workers who lost their lives when the building they were working in collapsed in Banfield, Buenos Aires province.
The other two fatalities occurred in Villa del Rosario, in the central province of Cordoba, "as a consequence of the heavy rain and hail," town Mayor Roberto Herrera said.
In this capital and the surrounding province the strong winds also affected the water and electricity supply in several municipalities, provincial Security Minister Alejandro Granados said during a visit to some of the worst-hit communities.
"Now comes the reconstruction phase, above all of the electric wires," he said.
Another town in Buenos Aires province that was heavily affected by the strong winds was Chivilcoy, where more than 50 people had to be evacuated.
In remarks to the media, Chivilcoy Mayor Anibal Pittelli said that "the entire city was affected" by what he called "a tornado."
"It was something I've never seen in my life," said Pittelli, adding that the storm toppled more than 1,000 trees, flattened homes and cut off water and electric power to the city. EFE