Argentina and Uruguay – Floods Displace Thousands After 4 Days of Heavy Rain

Heavy rain has affected Uruguay and northern provinces of Argentina, causing several rivers to overflow and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Some local media reports claim over half a metre of rain has fallen in some areas of Argentina in the last 4 days. One man is reported to have died after drowning in a swollen river in Entre Ríos.

Argentina

Thousands have been affected by heavy rain and flooding in the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Santa Fe.

Heavy rain has also affected parts of the province of Formosa where thousands are yet to return to their homes since the Paraguay River overflowed in December 2015.

Entre Rios

Telam news agency say that 7,000 people have been displaced by floods in Entre Ríos province. Severe flooding has been reported in the municipalities of Federación, San José de Feliciano, Villaguay and Colón.

One man died in the floods when he was swept away by an overflowing river between the towns of Sosa and El Tala.

The city of La Paz, in the west of the province, has suffered the worst of the torrential rain. According to province authorities, more than 7,500 people have been affected. The Cabayú Cuatia River overflowed causing damage, closure of bridges and forcing the displacement of people living in the Estación neighbourhood. Houses were also flooded in the neighbourhoods of Milagrosa, Puerto and Ribera del Paraná. The Ministry of Social Development have distributed blankets, food and other relief items to those affected.

Several roads have been inundated, with many cars dragged by the water, causing significant issues to local transportation.

In San José de Feliciano, in the north, 400 people are homeless after two small rivers – the Coronel and Carrizo – overflowed. Talking to Telam, the city’s mayor, Silvia del Carmen Moreno, said that Feliciano had seen over half a metre of rain since Saturday 02 April.

Corrientes

In Esquina, a town of 40,000 inhabitants in the south of Correnties province, more than 75% of the town was under water. As many as 300 people have been evacuated, and water reached the height of 1 metre in some neighbourhoods. More than 5,000 people have been affected by the floods across the province.

Santa Fe

Heavy rain has affected areas in the north of Sana Fe province, in particular the town of Alejandra, which according to local media, has recorded 550 mm of rain in the last 4 days. Significant parts of the town are completely flooded, and around 20 people have been evacuated.

Intense Rain

The heavy rain began to fall on 05 April 2016. According to the Argentina National Meteorological Service (Servicio Nacional de Meteorologia, SMN), 70 mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded in Gualeguaychu, in Entre Ríos Province, Argentina. The station of Monte Caseros, in Corrientes Province, recorded 81 mm of rain between 05 and 06 April 2016.

According to data reported by authorities in Entre Ríos, as much as 296.4 mm were recorded at Feliciano station, in the north of the province, on 05 April 2016.

In a statement yesterday by the Crisis Committee of Civil Defense of the Municipality of La Paz, it was reported that 345 mm of rain fell between 04 and 06 April.

Rainfall map for Argentina. Image:
Rainfall map for Argentina 04 to 05 April 2016. Image: SMN

Argentina media reports claim that over 500 mm of rain has fallen in some areas, including Alejandra in Santa Fe, San José de Feliciano in Entre Ríos, in the space of 4 days.

Further significant rainfall is expected to affect the north of Argentina until Saturday, 09 April 2016.

Uruguay

As an result of the heavy rain in the upper part of the watershed, water levels in the Uruguay River are rising. A point of particular concern is the area downstream of the Salto hydropower plant.

The high amount of water reaching the reservoir forced the managing authority (Comisión Técnica Mixta de Salto Grande) to release higher discharges from the spillway and the outlet. As a result, Uruguay River levels at Salto and Paysandú will exceed the warning thresholds of 12 and 5.5 metres respectively.As a precaution, local authorities of Civil Defence organised the evacuation of 27 people in Salto and 5 in Paysandú.

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Video of floods in La Paz, Entre Rios, Argentina

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 6, 2016
Event
Argentina and Uruguay Floods, April 2016
Date
April 4 to April 30, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
A long period of heavy rain during April resulted in flooding and overflowing rivers in all 19 departments of Uruguay and the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Formosa, Santa Fe, Cordoba and Chaco in Argentina.

Magnitude

Rainfall level
296.40 mm in 24 hours
Feliciano, Entre Ríos, Argentina - April 4 to April 5, 2016
Rainfall level
103.00 mm in 24 hours
Termas de Arapey, Salto, Uruguay - April 20 to April 21, 2016
River level
Overflowing
Cabayú Cuatia River, La Paz, Entre Rios - April 4 to April 8, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
12,000
Argentina - April 4 to April 26, 2016
Around 7,000 people were evacuated in Entre Ríos province alone.
Evacuated
10,000
Uruguay - April 12 to April 26, 2016
Fatalities
5 people
Uruguay - April 15 to April 22, 2016
A further 5 people were killed as a result of a tornado in Dolores.
Fatalities
1 person
Sosa, Entre Rios, Argentina - April 4 to April 5, 2016