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Argentina festival cancelled over deaths

Associated Press Associated Press 16/04/2016

The second night of a major electronic music festival being held in Argentina's capital has been cancelled after the deaths of at least five people from suspected drug overdoses.

Another five festival-goers are in a critical condition.

Health officials in Buenos Aires said that two people in their 20s died during the Time Warp festival on Friday and three others died in an ambulance or at a hospital.

Most of the critically ill youths were reportedly in comas.

"They are all in very grave condition, intubated," Dr Alberto Crescenti, director of the Emergency Medical Attention System in Buenos Aires, told the Todo Noticias station.

"They are not breathing on their own."

Crescenti said doctors are trying to determine what caused the deaths.

"We have to wait for their autopsies to determine what mix of substances" was responsible.

A festival-goer told Todo Noticias that he saw a young man convulsing for 15 minutes and calling for security.

On Saturday, officials in Buenos Aires announced that they had closed the Costa Salguero Centre where the second night of the two-night festival was to be held.

Time Warp organisers confirmed that Saturday night's show had been cancelled.

Police in the province of La Plata told The Associated Press that officers had intercepted a bus carrying party-goers to the festival and confiscated a large quantify of designer drugs, including 182 ecstasy pills, doses of LSD, marijuana, poppers and cocaine.

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