Argentina – State of Emergency Declared as Rivers Overflow in Salta Province

After days of flooding in Salta Province, Argentina, Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey has declared a state of emergency for the departments of Santa Victoria, Iruya, Orán, General San Martín and Rivadavia.

In a statement of 10 February 2018 the government of Salta province said that the flooding was caused by heavy rain and the overflowing Bermejo and Pilcomayo rivers.

The city of Santa Victoria Este is among the worst hit areas after the Pilcomayo burst its banks on 02 February, 2018. Local civil defence authorities said that around 2,000 people evacuated their homes to stay in relief centres and further 2,000 or more self-evacuated. Argentina Red Cross said that at least 17,000 people were affected.

The municipality of Los Toldos was left isolated after the collapse of a bridge that connects the area with La Mamora in Bolivia.

Levels of the Pilcomayo increased dramatically after heavy rain in the upper basin, including areas of southern Bolivia which saw record rainfall in late January.

Floods in Salta Province, Argentina, February 2018. Photo: Government of Salta Province

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Flood Summary

Last updated: February 13, 2018
Southern Bolivia and Northern Argentina, January to February 2018
January 26, 2018
Flash flood, River flood
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall


A - Yacuiba, Camiri and Villamontes (Bolivia)
B - Camiri (Bolivia)
C - Villamontes (Bolivia)
D - Santa Victoria Este, Salta Province, Argentina (Argentina)
E - Puente Internacional Misión la Paz, Santa Victoria Este (Argentina / Paraguay Border) (Argentina)
F - Los Toldos (Argentina)
G - Iruya (Argentina)
H - Orán (Argentina)
I - General San Martín (Argentina)
J - Rivadavia (Argentina)


Rainfall level
98.2 mm in 24 hours
Yacuiba - January 25 to February 26, 2018
Rainfall level
194.2 mm in 24 hours
Yacuiba - January 27 to January 28, 2018
Rainfall level
48.2 mm in 24 hours
Yacuiba - January 30 to January 31, 2018
Rainfall level
177.1 mm in 24 hours
Villamontes - January 28 to January 29, 2018
River level
7.27 metres
Pilcomayo River, Puente Internacional Misión la Paz, Santa Victoria Este Argentina - February 4 to February 4, 2018
Level rose from 4.48 metres on 25 January 2018. Figures from Dirección Ejecutiva de Comisión Trinacional


Buildings destroyed
3 buildings
Gran Chaco province, Tarija Department - January 26 to February 1, 2018
Full damage assessments yet to be carried out
Pilcomayo River, Santa Victoria Este, Salta, Argentina - January 30 to February 4, 2018