Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

1. Fierce storms packing 140-kilometre (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America, killing five people in Paraguay, two in Uruguay and two in Bolivia

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

2. Four police cadets died and 15 were injured when the roof of their dormitory caved in.

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

3. At least 5,000 homes in Paraguay were destroyed and more than 80 people injured in storm-related incidents.

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

4. The wind was less severe further south in Argentina and Uruguay, around 100 kilometres (62 mph) per hour.

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

5. Grabbing a rope, a police officer helps a handicapped man to cross a street during a violent storm in Montevideo, Uruguay

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

6. A woman falls to the ground during high winds in Montevideo

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

7. A man walks past a fallen tree in Montevideo

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

8. A boat lies beached in Montevideo

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

9. People help each other to cross the street during a strong winds in Montevideo

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay

10. Waves break against Montevideo’s promenade as strong gusts of wind batter the Uruguayan coast

Violent wind storm sweeps across Paraguay and Uruguay