Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing ISIS execution images

Read more

DEBATE

Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire deal sets stage for Cairo talks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A bellwether for what not to do

Read more

ENCORE!

Luc Besson back in action with Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

  • France urges Iran, others in region, to join fight against IS

    Read more

  • A new view on Normandy landings, 70 years on

    Read more

  • Dozens killed as landslides strike Japan’s Hiroshima

    Read more

  • Suspected Ebola cases in Austria, new drug raises hopes

    Read more

  • WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • Headscarf at the beach sparks French MEP’s fury

    Read more

Dense smoke shrouds Argentine capital

Latest update : 2008-04-18

Argentine officials suspended flights and closed highways around the country's capital after widespread grass fires in an agricultural region north of Buenos Aires sent a dense cloud of smoke over the densely populated area.

A dense cloud of smoke caused by grass fires shrouded the Argentine capital on Friday, forcing officials to suspend flights and close highways.

 

The smoke started to appear more than a week ago, but visibility deteriorated considerably on Friday and the pungent smell of smoke pervaded homes and offices, causing watery eyes and sore throats among city residents.

 

Officials have blamed road accidents that killed at least nine people on the grass fires in a rural area north of Buenos Aires. They have accused cattle ranchers of starting the fires as a way to rejuvenate grazing land cheaply.

 

"The fires aren't coincidental and they haven't been spreading by themselves," Justice Minister Anibal Fernandez was quoted as saying by state news agency Telam. He said officials were investigating who was responsible.

 

Flights from the capital's Jorge Newbery airport were suspended early on Friday and passengers waited in queues in the terminal, some with scarves over their mouths.

 

"After a few hours in Buenos Aires, we've got breathing problems, we've got a scarf over our mouths and sore eyes," Miguel, a Spanish tourist at the airport, told Reuters Television.

 

The national meteorological service said northerly winds would continue to carry the smoke toward the densely populated Buenos Aires area in the coming days.

 

The country's interior minister said on Thursday ranchers had caused fires across 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of grazing land. The smoke has also affected neighboring Uruguay.
 

Date created : 2008-04-18

COMMENT(S)