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    In Argentina, about 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Buenos Aires because of floods.

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    In Argentina, about 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Buenos Aires because of floods.

    SYNOPSIS: The flooding has come as something of a shock for the residents. Less than a month age the city was sweltering under an average daily temperature of 95 degrees fahrenheit (35 degrees centigrade). Most of the three million residents were praying for water -- but not in the quantity that has arrived.

    The shanty town area of the capital has been hit the hardest. The standard of housing there is considerably lower than in other areas and the conditions make life very difficult for the residents.

    City officials say that if the bad weather continues, at least another 3,000 people will have to be moved form their homes. Most live on the banks of the Parana, a tributary of the River Plate.

    Flooding is rare in Buenos Aires. The experts say the problem lies in Brazil and Paraguay, north of Argentina the rainy season there traditionally comes at this time of the year, but in the past few weeks, the rainfall has been considerably higher than normal. The extra water has placed a strain on the Parana, even before it reaches Argentina, There have also been torrential rainfalls in the northern parts of the country.

    The government's hoping the bad weather wont effect the crops which Argentina relies on heavily for export trade. Adverse conditions two years ago severely effected the market and resulted in the raising of support prices last year. That didn't help the inflation rate which is currently running at about 300 per cent.

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