Three days of continuous rain with winds of up to 90 km per hour have caused flooding and destruction in some areas of Argentina. The most affected province is Buenos Aires, with the areas of San Fernando, San Miguel, Lanus, Quilmes, Berisso and Avellaneda suffering the most extensive damage. Initial reports indicate twenty persons have been evacuated in the province and are being cared for by government authorities.
The situation was aggravated by the "sudestada" (strong winds from the south), but weather forecasts indicate improved conditions for the coming days.
Red Cross/Red Crescent Action
The Argentine Red Cross is assessing the damage and providing assistance to those in need, and are in contact with their branches. The Red Cross branches most involved in providing assistance to the evacuees are:
- Vicente Lopez (assisting 200 families);
- San Andres (assisting 160 families);
- Villa Dominico (assisting 120 families); and
- Lomas de Zamora (assisting 180 families).
Resources are considered sufficient in the branches and with the Argentine Red Cross to assist those in need, in coordination with other NGO's. The contributions which are being received will be distributed immediately. The Argentine Red Cross and the Government do not plan to request international assistance at this time.
Operations Funding and Reporting Department