A drowned town has resurfaced – population one

A drowned town has resurfaced – population one
Fecha de publicación: 
21 January 2015
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What disaster has befallen this place? It is Villa Epecuén, once a thriving and popular tourist town in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. People would visit from Buenos Aires to bathe in the apparently therapeutic waters of Lago Epecuén, the salt lake the town was based on. Then changing weather patterns caused the lake to swell.

On November 10, 1985, a dam protecting the town burst and a gradual, seeping flood began. By 1986 the streets were 1 metre under water. By 1991, it was 10 metres.

Finally, in 2009, the waters began to recede. Only one man – 85-year-old Pablo Novak – returned to live there. The image below contrats the town now with its 1970s heyday, showing the changes wrought by the flood.

(Image: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

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