South America's drowned town breathes new life

14th May 2013

A town in South America that "drowned" has re-surfaced to become what local tourism leaders hope will develop into a major tourist attraction.

The Argentinian town of Epecuen, which was totally submerged on 10 November 1985, is now an up-and-coming site for tourists on holidays to the area.

Its floodwaters started to recede nearly 28 years after the adjacent lake burst its banks, forcing the residents to escape.

In 2009 the water level began to drop and large chunks of ruins can now be seen - including homes, cars and churches.

Epecuen's last remaining resident Pablo Novak, 82, says this has transformed the town into a must-see attraction for passers-by making private journeys.

Novak said: "Whoever passes nearby cannot go without coming to visit here. It's getting more people to the area, as they come to see the ruins."

The local tourism authority is now seeking to secure heritage status for Epecuen.

Several travel writers have already drawn comparison with Pompeii in Italy, which is visited by thousands of people on group tours every year.

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