Buenos Aires Floods Update – 3 Dead and Over 5,000 Evacuated

In a Government House press conference earlier today, Argentina Cabinet Chief, Jorge Capitanich, said that the heavy rainfall and flooding that struck in the Province of Buenos Aires last Saturday has now affected 19 municipalities and forced 5,203 people to evacuate from their homes.

As reported by Telam, Capitanich said that the districts affected were Luján, Marcos Paz, La Matanza, Bragado, Arrecifes, Pilar, Mercedes, San Miguel, Esteban Echeverría, Ensenada, Carmen de Areco, San Martín, Lomas de Zamora, Moreno, San Fernando, Tigre, Quilmes, Salto and Baradero.

Currently there is no available information for flood damage in Berisso, Malvinas Argentinas, Campana and Exaltación de la Cruz.

The floods first began on 30 October 2014, forcing over 1,000 from their homes.

One of the victims died in Lanús after being electrocuted in flood water. Another victim also died by electrocution in the locality of San Fernando. The third victim died after drowning in the swollen Luján river.

According to WMO, parts of Buenos Aires saw over 130 mm of rain fall in 24 hours between 02 and 03 November 2014.

The heavy rain is also now affecting parts of Uruguay. Carrasco, Florida and Colonia all saw between 50 to 70 mm of rain in 24 hours up to 04 November. Parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia have also seen heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.