Three Uruguayan tourists killed in Argentina mudslide

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Three Uruguayan tourists died in the town of San Carlos de Bariloche in southern Argentina when a torrent of mud and other debris filled their hotel rooms.

Rescuers on Wednesday located the bodies of two tourists missing at the Bustillo hotel, according to the prosecutor’s office in the province of Rio Negro, where San Carlos de Bariloche is located.

The other person who was killed had been found hours after the mudslide that poured tons of mud into the hotel on Monday afternoon following a heavy thunderstorm. Three others were injured and remain hospitalized.

The two bodies found early Wednesday morning were on the bed of a hotel room covered to the roof with mud and other debris.

“Half of the mud was removed before we could reach the people who were in the room, lying on the bed,” said Patricia Díaz, Bariloche’s undersecretary of civil protection.

The Patagonian city of Bariloche, located some 1,500 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, is one of Argentina’s top tourist destinations.

Authorities have yet to release the names of the victims.

The local prosecutor’s office is investigating the cause of the mudslide and officials will meet with family members of the victims and Uruguayan diplomats.

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