Argentina

Argentina - Floods (MDRAR013): Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)

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A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Disaster

The worsening of already unstable meteorological conditions caused a significant increase in rainfall in the first weeks of April of this year, affecting 15 provinces and 33,482 people across the country and causing considerable losses and damages. This increase gradually began the last week of March.

Chubut

On 30 March, the governor of the province of Chubut declared a 120-day weather emergency because of the impact suffered in the last week of March. However, a new storm packing 45- to 50-kph winds hit Comodoro Rivadavia on 7 April, dumping almost 100 millimetres of rain over a period of 24 hours, killing two people and directly and indirectly affecting 100,000 others. Twelve additional collective centres had to be opened - for a total of 24 - which are primarily managed by neighbourhood point persons. According to official province government estimates, some 3000 people had to be evacuated, in addition to the more than 5000 others across the province who were forced to self-evacuate.

To 8 April, a total of 3000 people have been evacuated because of this week's events, which has caused variations in the number of people housed in the collective centres mentioned above.