Argentina - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 7

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0088
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Argentina - Floods
4 June 2003


1. Rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts are now underway. However, there are still some 12,000 persons living in temporary shelters (2,538 people in 39 schools, and 9,500 in public and social centres). As class-rooms are still being used as temporary shelters, some 33,000 children will not be able to start school on time.

2. In the city of Santa Fe, pumping of flood waters continues in the western lowlands and in the southern lake.

3. The state of emergency is still in effect for the agricultural sector due to damaged rural roads and the loss of soya and maize crops.

National Response

4. The army continues distributing hot food rations to the evacuated population on a daily basis.

5. The Provincial Institute of Statistics and Census (IPEC) has begun identifying the number of people who should be resettled. However, there is some resistance among evacuated people who are not willing to move to another area.

6. A temporary solution has been found to manage the disposal of 30,000 tons of solid urban waste.

Technical support by the United Nations System

7. Emergency Management Specialists of the Pan American Health Organization continue providing assistance for the implementation of SUMA (Humanitarian Supply Management System) at the Red Cross, Caritas, Civil Defence, the Santa Fe Municipality, Community Promotion and GADA (Grupo de Artilleria y de Defensa Anti-Aerea).

8. A representative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) conducted a preparatory mission to organize an assessment of the socioeconomic impact of the disaster that will lead the way for the preparation of profiles of rehabilitation and reconstruction projects.

9. UNICEF is preparing school kits and personal hygiene kits. Furthermore, UNICEF is working on a recreational program for children under 5 years.

10. UNDP consultants are conducting a ten-day mission to assist the Crisis Committee in the formulation of a housing plan and an operational plan for the rehabilitation and reconstruction phases.


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