Almost a year to the day when La Plata and Buenos Aires were hit by massive floods, Argentina is again experiencing large amount of rain and flooding.
This time around at least seven of Argentina’s provinces have been affected by floods after a 3 day storm. Neuquén has been the worst hit, but Rio Negro, Cordoba, Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero have also suffered.
Homes and transport infrastructure has been destroyed. Schools and shops have been closed and as many as 3,000 people have been displaced.
A state of emergency declared in province of Neuquén, Argentina following heavy rainfall, flash flooding & mudslides pic.twitter.com/AYksVRXBZ7
— RMS (@RMS) April 8, 2014
118 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Neuquén city. Some media reports are saying this is well over half the expected annual rainfall for the usually arid northern Patagonian province. The monthly average is just 16mm and yearly average just 175 mm. Other reports describe the rain as the worst seen in 40 years. Flooding forced around 700 people to evacuate from the city, and around 600 more from surrounding areas.
One person, an elderly woman from Neuquén, is reported to have died in the floods early on Monday 7 April 2014. It is understood that emergency medical services were blocked by flood waters and couldn’t get to the woman in time.
Two other people have been reported as killed in the severe weather, although no further details were available.
A further 500 people had to evacuate their homes in the province of Rio Negro and 400 in Catamarca.
In Ceres , Santa Fe Province, 162mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 6 and 7 April.
Some rain is expected to continue but the worst of the storms are now heading towards Uruguay and southeastern Brazil.
Video report by Telam News Agency