BUENOS AIRES – More than 500 people were evacuated from their homes on Monday due to floods caused by heavy rains over the past few weeks, officials announced.
“It’s a complicated situation. We’ve had three weeks of heavy rains and particularly yesterday in the southern areas of the provinces nearest Buenos Aires province, with over 12 inches (300 millimeters) of rain, Santa Fe Gov. Miguel Lifschitz said in a statement on Radio Con Vos.
The downpours affected to a greater o lesser extent 70 towns, and not only caused flooding in urban centers but also in rural areas and made roads impassable.
Arroyo Seco, Pueblo Esther and Villa Constitucion are the hardest hit municipalities and the places from where most people have been evacuated.
“People are being evacuated from towns to higher ground where they have no difficulties. We’re taking care of the emergency without any greater problems than those presented by individual cases,” Lifschitz said, adding that between 500 and 600 people have been evacuated, while a similar number just picked up and left of their own volition to seek shelter with friends or relatives and were not officially registered.
The provincial governor said that on Monday isolated rainstorms are expected but that the weather will improve during the night.
Meanwhile the Provincial Highway Safety Agency said the rains and flooding have made access and driving difficult in the southern and central regions of the affected provinces and constitute a risk for traffic, for which reason motorists must proceed with extreme care.