Strong winds blasting at up to 120 km per
hour hit the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires and its surroundings last
week. Trees, metal sheets, rooves, road signs, stones and bricks were blown
violently around the city and caused chaos on the roads. In addition, the
heaviest rains in over one hundred years caused severe flooding in many
neighbourhoods of the city and in coastal and central regions of the country.
Nine local branches of the Argentine Red Cross mobilised staff and 200
volunteers to assist in evacuation activities. The volunteers organized
shelter for 5,000 of the most affected people and distributed food and
clothes. The Argentine Red Cross is working with the authorities in charge
of emergency coordination and has requested public donations of children's
clothes, shoes, diapers, mattresses and blankets.
=A9 2000 International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies