The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, has suffered from huge floods over the last 24 hours. It seems that torrential rainfall has caused chaos on the streets of the city. It is rumoured that as many as 8 people have died as a result of the flooding. The Mayor of the city, Mauricio Macri, said “about 350,000 people had been affected by the torrents of rain”.
Buenos Aires and the surrounding areas had about one month’s worth of rain (about 15 cm or 6 inches) in just 2 hours on Tuesday April 2, 2013. This is understood to be the heaviest April rainfall on record. Streets pretty much turned into rivers within minutes.
Power was cut to many homes across the area, and the ensuing storms downed trees and caused damage to properties. Hundreds of thousands of Buenos Aires residents woke up this morning confronted with no power and their local streets looking more like rivers and canals.
The city’s subway train system became flooded. One of the casualties was a subway worker who was trying to pump water from a flooded station. It is belived he was electrocuted. We also understand that 2 other fatalities were people drowned in their cars. Attempting to drive through flood water is one of the most overlooked dangers when it comes to flooding. See our posts on TADD (Turn Around Don’t Drown) and our Poll: Would you Drive in Flood Water?
Further reports say that the floods carried away 1000s of cars that were parked on the streets of the city. Many families have been evacuated from their properties across the area.
Here is a video clip with some astonishing images of urban life under 12 inches of water: