Argentina: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - DREF Operation n° MDRAR008

Situation Report
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A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Disaster

Since late February 2015, significant precipitation in mainly the Centro 1, Cuyo and northwestern regions of Argentina, caused flooding in many municipalities in the provinces of Córdoba, Santa Fe, San Luis, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán.

According to the National Weather Service, there have been higher values of accumulated precipitation in the month of February (map on the left) and an anomaly of precipitation (map on the right). An anomaly of precipitation is understood as the difference between the precipitation accumulated over one month and the normal values from 1961 to 1990. According to the map on the left, the highest accumulated rainfall values, which are those exceeding 300 mm, were seen in central-northern Córdoba and central-northern San Luis. The map on the right shows the greatest positive anomalies of precipitation in the country's central region, mainly in the provinces of Córdoba and San Luis, with precipitation values 200 mm to 300 mm above normal values. Rainfall values are also above normal in the provinces of Mendoza, Santa Fe and in southwestern Buenos Aires. According to forecasts, rains are expected to continue this month and part of the next.