A torrent of mud and rocks slammed into the back of the hotel, flooding the ground and first floors in Bariloche, Argentina. There are fears that the two missing tourists had returned to the hotel just before the disaster
A tourist has died and two others are missing after a mudslide threw himself into a hotel in Argentina.
Victor Gonzalez Giovanelli, 78, from the Uruguayan city of Piriapolis, was killed around 6:30 pm on June 6 while he was staying at the Huinid complex in the city of Bariloche, in Argentina’s Rio Negro province.
Heavy rains in the area were blamed for the deadly landslide that struck the hotel.
Rescuers are still searching for two Uruguayan women who are reportedly missing.
The mud and rock slide hit the back of the hotel without warning, engulfing the first and second floors of the building.
Local media reported that some hotel guests were evacuated from their rooms in bathrobes.
A 77-year-old tourist was rescued and taken to the San Carlos Health Center.
Two other guests were also taken to Ramon Carrillo Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, they are in stable condition, according to a report from the Río Negro Attorney’s Office.
“There was an avalanche, a landslide, that entered through the back of the hotel, which is closer to Bustillo Avenue. Part of the landslide entered the first floor through the second floor,” said Police Unit 27 chief Marcelo Guastavino.
The mudslide tore down a retaining wall and smashed through the back of the resort, which consists of two buildings, a spa and several cabins and is reportedly at 75 percent occupancy.
Mr. Gonzalez Giovanelli was in his room when the wall of mud and stones hit the building.
Prosecutor Betiana Cendón said Mr Gonzalez Giovanelli and the other two missing were part of a group that arrived on Monday morning.
According to the Rio Negro police, the search operation with rescue dogs had to be suspended due to fears that the building could collapse.
It was initially believed that the two missing women were away, but local authorities fear they may have returned and been buried in the rubble.
According to local media, the slide also hit a neighboring hotel, luckily with no casualties.
A day of incessant rain followed in Bariloche, a popular mountain resort.
Unfortunately, natural disasters are relatively commonplace in the South American country, as wildfires swept across much of it earlier this year.
It was estimated that the blazes consumed more than 519,000 hectares of land, making up about 10 percent of that land that was part of Ibera National Park.
Climate change has hit Argentina hard, contributing to floods and droughts across the country.
Since 1970, rain has increased by 10 percent in the Northeast, while parts of La Pampa province and western Buenos Aires province have increased by 40 percent, according to studies.
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