Argentina

Heavy rains and wind blast Buenos Aires

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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