1 Dead in Province of Buenos Aires Floods

Torrential rain during the early hours of Friday 7 February 2014 left areas of the Province of Buenos Aires under water, forcing as many as 3,000 from their homes and leaving one person dead. Between 120mm and 150mm of rain fell in some areas during a short period on Friday. Argentina’s National Weather Service said that in some places it rained more than expected on average for the entire month. Although some of the evacuated families have been returning home, further heavy rain is expected until at least Tuesday 11 February.

Flooding in Barrio La Loma, Lujan. Photo: twitter.com/analia_arnaiz
Flooding in Barrio La Loma, Lujan. Photo: twitter.com/analia_arnaiz

The area has been suffering from severe weather for several weeks, including some flooding earlier this month.

One woman was killed in the town of Rafael Calzada, district of Almirante Brown, when she was dragged away by the flood water currents. Around 100 people have been evacuated from their homes in the district.

One of the worst affected areas was La Matanza, where 1,300 people are still unable to return to their homes.

Around 28 municipalities were hit. Areas affected include the cities of Luján (60 evacuated), Banfield, Brandsen, Berisso (100 evacuated) Lomas de Zamora, Lanús, Quilmes (200 evacuated), Avellaneda, Moreno and General Rodriguez.

Photo: twitter.com/CARLOSCOCARO
Photo: twitter.com/CARLOSCOCARO

San Andrés was hit by a heavy hail storm. In the provincial capital of La Plata – scene of the terrible flooding in April 2013 – the floods caused a power outage affecting many central parts of the city, although no further severe damage has been reported.

Buenos Aires City
The city of Buenos Aires was also flooded, although nowhere near the scale of the flooding of April 2013. Although subway and trains have been affected, so far no casualties have been reported in the capital, and no evacuations necessary.

Sources: La Nacion and here; Buenos Aires Herald