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AP PHOTOS: Tough summer wears on Buenos Aires

AP PHOTOS: A long, hot, drenching summer takes its toll on residents of Argentina's capital

In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, policeman stand at the side of a man they happened upon, as they wait for the arrival of an ambulance, in Buenos Aires, A...
In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a well-worn sofa sits in a garbage pickup area in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summe...
In this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, children play on a swing set backdropped by a chop shop for cars in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thro...
In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, pedestrians stand at a crosswalk as they wait for a green light in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thro...
In this Jan. 1, 2014 photo, lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with ...
In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a woman carries an oversized teddy bear in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with...
In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, a boy plays hide and seek in a school courtyard during a recess, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thr...
In this Dec. 3, 2013 photo, a woman sleeps while standing on a street corner in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summ...
In this Feb.11, 2014 photo, a wall mounted magnetic knife block sustains the collection of kitchen blades in the parent's home of AP photographer Rodr...
In this Feb. 10, 2014 photo, accompanied by her three dogs, a woman hauls her bags of groceries past the scorched Iron Mountain warehouse in Buenos Ai...
In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a commuter looks out a subway car window in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, wit...
In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo, commuters are framed in subway train windows in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer,...
In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo, people commute in the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with tropical r...
In this Dec. 19, 2013 photo, a woman is illuminated by a pocket of late afternoon light in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a...
In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo taken through a window, a couple kisses in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with t...
In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, office light are reflected in a high rise office window in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a to...
In this Feb. 8, 2014 photo, Banfield players celebrate after their teammate Fabian Noguera scored the second goal against Almirante Brown during a mat...
In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, a mannequin used to promote a mannequin factory is secured to a street pole in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have s...
In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, winding down for the day, a kiosk worker puts away a poster with the image of soccer great Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires...
In this Dec. 16, 2013 photo, a couple watch fireworks burst in the night sky during the Festival of Fireworks celebration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ...
In this Feb. 10, 2014 photo, a washed-out representation of Argentina's flag, hangs from a shade sail at a parking garbage in Buenos Aires, Argentina....
In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a subway worker rests in a locker room equipped with a metegol soccer table in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have s...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, policeman stand at the side of a man they happened upon, as they wait for the arrival of an ambulance, in Buenos Aires, A...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a well-worn sofa sits in a garbage pickup area in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summe...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, children play on a swing set backdropped by a chop shop for cars in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thro...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, pedestrians stand at a crosswalk as they wait for a green light in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thro...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 1, 2014 photo, lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with ...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a woman carries an oversized teddy bear in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, a boy plays hide and seek in a school courtyard during a recess, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered thr...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Dec. 3, 2013 photo, a woman sleeps while standing on a street corner in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summ...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb.11, 2014 photo, a wall mounted magnetic knife block sustains the collection of kitchen blades in the parent's home of AP photographer Rodr...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 10, 2014 photo, accompanied by her three dogs, a woman hauls her bags of groceries past the scorched Iron Mountain warehouse in Buenos Ai...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a commuter looks out a subway car window in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, wit...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo, commuters are framed in subway train windows in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer,...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo, people commute in the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with tropical r...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Dec. 19, 2013 photo, a woman is illuminated by a pocket of late afternoon light in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo taken through a window, a couple kisses in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a tough summer, with t...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, office light are reflected in a high rise office window in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have suffered through a to...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 8, 2014 photo, Banfield players celebrate after their teammate Fabian Noguera scored the second goal against Almirante Brown during a mat...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, a mannequin used to promote a mannequin factory is secured to a street pole in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have s...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, winding down for the day, a kiosk worker puts away a poster with the image of soccer great Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Dec. 16, 2013 photo, a couple watch fireworks burst in the night sky during the Festival of Fireworks celebration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ...

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 10, 2014 photo, a washed-out representation of Argentina's flag, hangs from a shade sail at a parking garbage in Buenos Aires, Argentina....

Argentina Life in Buenos Aires Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a subway worker rests in a locker room equipped with a metegol soccer table in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentines have s...

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentines have suffered through a tough summer. Heavy tropical rains only intensified the draining heat and humidity. People have had to throw out rotten food because of rolling power blackouts. And it comes as overheated inflation makes it ever harder for paychecks to reach the end of the month.

The strain is evident on the faces of subway riders and others making their way home in Buenos Aires, a once-proud city where signs of poverty and decay are ubiquitous just beyond the glamorous streets where tourists go.

An elderly women and police officers wait for an ambulance crew to pick up a man who has collapsed in the heat. A businessman furrows his brow after a long day at work.

A chair that was once someone's treasure lies discarded on a sidewalk, only to be scooped up moments later.

Yet, there is time for play and joy. A boy plays hide-and-go-seek in the "counting circle" of his school's grim playground, while other kids get some breeze on the swings. Young lovers embrace on the street, or just cuddle sitting in the night air.


Updated : 2021-04-15 05:25 GMT+08:00