Argentina - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA 2000/0102
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Argentina - Floods
24 May 2000


The climate varies from a humid sub-tropical climate in the north with the central semi-arid Pampa ranging from a tropical to a moderately cool climate.

The southern area of the country is sub-arctic and is directly influenced by the prevailing westerlies. Rainfall diminishes from east to west with snow rarely falling.

The country was affected by floods, several times in the 1990's, particularly in 93, 94, 98.

Disaster Situation

In mid-May, winds reached a speed of 100 km/h causing heavy rainfall: the city of Buenos Aires was hit by rainfall of 345.2 mm (average for month of May is 74.2 mm).

The city of Parana was hit by rainfall of 1,075mm (annual average is 994mm).

Affected Area

City of Buenos Aires, Provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa ( northern part ), Paraná, La Córdoba ( some areas ), Entre Rios ( city of Paraná).

Population Affected/Damage

Four dead, 40 injured; some 30,000 evacuated ; 136,000 families without electricity.

Roads blocked ( 85 per cent of road network impassable in the province of Entre Rios).

Request for international assistance

The government of Argentina has not requested international relief

National response

The Federal Emergency System has been activated to coordinate relief efforts.

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In case of emergency: Tel. +41-22-9172010
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