April 4, 2013. At least 48 people have died due to floods in the Argentine city of La Plata, and at least 2.2 million people evacuated, said Thursday the Argentine radio.
The remaining citizens were forced to flee from the water filled the streets on rooftops and trees. Now rescuers continue to evacuate residents.
Severe storm accompanied by heavy rains and gusty winds, hit Argentina on Tuesday, affecting first the capital of Buenos Aires. According to meteorologists, on Tuesday the level of rainfall in the capital reached a record figure for April is 15.5 centimeters. As a result, victims of disaster there were eight people and injured at least 350 thousand. Another 300 people were evacuated from their homes. Flood led to the break lines, as well as disruptions of transportation in the capital of Argentina and its suburbs.
The second is more powerful impact of elements occurred in La Plata, located 63 km south of Buenos Aires. The level of precipitation for this city More on Wednesday night, reached 40 cm, and in some parts of the city — 1.6 meters. The water level rose rapidly, many simply do not have time to escape. Some people have drowned right in their cars, many killed shock.
"Later in the afternoon rain was very strong. I panicked. After a moment, the water was already knee-deep water, I do not know what to do "- said 25-year-old student of Augustine Garcia Orsi, reports local TV. Municipal sewage system could not cope with the flow of water.
On Thursday, the situation has worsened. "The situation with which we are confronted, even worse (than the day before — IF)," — said the mayor Daniel Skoli, warning that the death toll could rise. "In La Plata never happened" — said the secretary of the National Security Argentine Sergio Berni.
The city authorities are doing everything possible to bring the situation under control: on Thursday night about 400 police officers patrolled areas of the city most affected by the elements. City officials on Wednesday decided to temporarily suspend the work of schools and government agencies.
President Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner visited the residents of one of the most affected areas of La Plata Mitra and expressed condolences to the families of those killed and injured. She arrived in city by helicopter, and then met with the mayor of the city, with whom he intended to coordinate efforts to combat flooding.
"I will not leave you alone" — promised president Argentina residents of the city, saying that in La Plata lives of her mother. "My mother is without electricity and gas, but she is afraid to leave the house," — said Kirchner. Later, her mother was also evacuated, as well as residents of neighboring houses. Residents Mitra crowd surrounded the president, some thanked her, others indignantly complained or cried to her, "Get out of here!" — Writes the Argentine newspaper
Kirchner has promised that there will be an intensified effort to combat vandalism and that all the dead will be identified as soon as possible. The President announced three days of mourning in the country.
The consequences of flooding with so many victims and survivors in Argentina led to violent disputes between the national government and the municipality of Buenos Aires, led by Mauricio Macri, a fierce opponent of Kirchner. Argentine Planning Minister Julio de Vido accused Macri that he knew of the impending storm, but took no action. Macri, in turn, accused the government of having it at the time did not give Buenos Aires to take loans from the World Bank to finance infrastructure capital projects.
Flood flooded house parents Argentine President
April 3, 2013. Several dozen people were victims of severe flooding in Argentina. In the province of Buenos Aires for a few hours has dropped more than 300 mm of rain. Dead, according to various estimates, from 46 to 60 man. Water was coming fast, so many were drowned in their cars on the road, some were killed by electric shock.
Suffered even parents' home of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner — she told me that her mother is no light and water. The Head of State urged to give maximum attention to safety issues — in the county appeared looters had ransacked a supermarket.
"No one could cope with these showers. People spend the night on the roofs — soaking whole families with children and the elderly, and the water came up to their waist. This is a disaster. "
"Water has covered the car on its roof. On the walls you can see traces — is the level of water. Refrigerator, furniture, dishes — all carried away with water. "
Due to the difficult situation in the province stopped classes in schools, the environment was declared a non-working day.
The Argentine Red Cross deploys the point of care.