This footage shows the torrential storm in the Paraguayan capital that cancelled concerts by Foo Fighters and Machine Gun Kelly and forced the emergency landing of a plane Miley Cyrus was travelling in.
The storm battered the Paraguayan capital Asuncion on Tuesday, turning streets into rivers and flooding houses and local businesses.
Vehicles were swept away by the rainwater and one child was filmed hugging a tree in the middle of a flooded area for around 20 minutes before a bystander braved the currents and rescued him with the help of a safety rope.
The storm caused the cancellation of the first night of the Asuncionico 2022 music festival featuring sets by Foo Fighters, Doja Cat, and Machine Gun Kelly who later performed an impromptu gig outside his hotel for his fans.
The American rapper tweeted: “The concert grounds flooded in Paraguay tonight so they cancelled our set… but I just ordered a huge speaker so meet me out front of my hotel right now, you’re getting a show.”
US pop singer Miley Cyrus was also caught up in the storm and revealed that her plane was struck by lightning and had to make an emergency landing.
Cyrus, 29, was travelling to Asuncion when the plane was caught in the storm and struck by the lightning bolt.
The pop star, who will perform at the Lollapalooza music festival in Brazil on Saturday, shared footage of the lightning storm from her window and a photo of the damaged plane.
She told her 162 million Instagram followers: “To my fans and everyone worried after hearing about my flight to Asuncion. Our plane was caught in a major unexpected storm and struck by lightning.
“My crew, band, friends and family who were all traveling with me are safe after an emergency landing. We were unfortunately unable to fly into Paraguay.”