Temperatures Ease After Argentina Heat Wave Kills 8

Image: Temperatures Ease After Argentina Heat Wave Kills 8 Argentinians take refuge from the heat in the River Plate on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 08:44 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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With temperatures beginning to fall, Argentina has begun to emerge from its most severe heat wave in more than a century. Weeks of scorching  temperatures across the country have left at least eight people dead, Hispanically Speaking News reported.
The most severe temperatures were found in Santiago del Esturo and Salta provinces in northern Argentina, where temperatures rose above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Santiago del Esturo, seven people died and hundreds more have been treated at local hospitals for heatstroke, fainting, sunstroke, and depression. 
As the heatwave began to ease, with temperatures rising into the 90s, energy consumption has fallen, enabling utilities across Argentina to restore power service to many of the 800,000 people who lost it in recent days.
Argentinian officials said electric service had been restored to 98 percent of customers who lost power in Buenos Aires and its suburbs, EFE news service reported.

Power restoration efforts in the capital have been aided by the decision of many residents to flee the city and cool off in coastal resorts.
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