Argentina flooding – Heavy rain has caused the water bodies to overflow in the province of Buenos Aires.
More than 11,000 people fled their homes in Argentina’s largest province following unseasonal heavy rain and at least three people have died as reported by the local media. The downpours have burst riverbanks and deluged city streets. All the major rivers surrounding the province have overflowed including Lujan, Areco and Arrecifies rivers.
The torrential weekend rainstorms has exposed the inadequacy of flood prevention measures in Buenos Aires region. The crisis has become a hot debate ahead of the presidential election to be held in October.
The national weather service said more rain was in the forecast but not as heavy as in recent days. Many parts of the fertile Pampas region were under water. The region is one of the world’s largest producers of soybeans, corn and wheat and the current conditions are expected to delay the planting of the wheat crop.
Governor Daniel Scioli was forced to return to Argentina to address floods situation. He was criticized for traveling abroad during the emergency but his office denied the allegations of irresponsibility as the trip involved medical matters for a prosthetic limb. Mr. Scioli is a presidential candidate for the country’s upcoming election.
The evacuees are being housed at the football stadiums owned by country’s top clubs and the relief organizations have provided the homeless families mattresses and food.
The local residents blamed poor infrastructure for the destructive flooding. In April 2013, severe storms dropped almost two months’ worth of rain in just a few hours. More than 80 people died due to the flash floods with majority of the causalities occurred in Greater La Plata. This year in March, heavy rain showers killed 12 in the north of the country, causing severe flooding. IMAGE/ AFP