Argentina: Floods - May 2000
Most read reports
- FAO: FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 1, 2002. 28 Feb 2002
- CIA: General Map of Argentina. 31 Jul 1996
- DPA: Two dead, 50,000 evacuated after storms hit Argentina. 17 May 2000
- IFRC: Heavy rains and wind blast Buenos Aires. 21 May 2000
- OCHA: Argentina - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1. 24 May 2000
Rome, February 2002, No. 1
Ref: OCHA/GVA 2000/0102
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Argentina - Floods
Strong winds blasting at up to 120 km per hour hit the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires and its surroundings last week. Trees, metal sheets, rooves, road signs, stones and bricks were blown violently around the city and caused chaos on the roads. In addition, the heaviest rains in over one hundred years caused severe flooding in many neighbourhoods of the city and in coastal and central regions of the country. Nine local branches of the Argentine Red Cross mobilised staff and 200 volunteers to assist in evacuation activities.
Buenos Aires (dpa) - Heavy thunderstorms in Argentina left two children dead and many more people injured by Wednesday, while widespread flooding has forced the evacuation of some 50,000 people.
Meteorologists have warned of more rainstorms and winds reaching speeds of 80 kilometres per hour, which have in recent days downed hundreds of trees, disrupting traffic in the capital.
Two children, aged seven and eight, were killed and some 25 people were injured when a tree crashed through their emergency shelter in the industrial city of Rosario north of Buenos Aires.