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Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists

By Larry Habegger and Dani Burlison | Permalink | No Comments | January 3rd, 2014 | Trackback

Tourists enjoying a sunny Christmas holiday on the Parana River near Rosario experienced a horrible surprise when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked 70 swimmers, including a young child who had part of her finger amputated. The palometas fish, a relative of the piranha, sometimes bites swimmers but an event of this magnitude is extremely rare, officials said. Nearly 200 miles away, roads to Buenos Aires were blocked by demonstrators angry about recent power cuts in the midst of the country’s brutal heat wave. Temperatures have climbed over 100 degrees and many neighborhoods have been without power for more than two weeks. Protestors are concerned about the vulnerability of the more at-risk residents, but officials say the government is supplying emergency assistance for those in need.

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