MONTEVIDEO – A tornado struck the southwestern Uruguayan city of Dolores on Friday, leaving two people dead and a number of others injured, fire rescue personnel told EFE.
First responders from nearby towns and units from Montevideo are on the scene searching for additional casualties and the death toll could rise, the sources said, adding that the twister also cause extensive material damage.
Two children with potentially life-threatening injuries are being transported to the capital for treatment, presidential spokesman Juan Andres Roballo told the media.
“The government is in a state of emergency. All the resources necessary for people to be treated at health centers are available and all the national and provincial agencies are deployed,” he said.
Tornadoes are difficult to predict and the specialized equipment needed for the task does not exist in the region, Roballo said.
Media outlets said some residents of Dolores took advantage of the chaos caused by the tornado to loot shops, but the presidential spokesman declined to confirm or deny those accounts.