BUENOS AIRES – At least 503 people forced from their homes in the northern province of Chaco by floods have returned to their residences, Argentine officials said on Tuesday.
The country’s emergency response agency, Sinagir, stated in its latest report that there are still 923 evacuees in the province, while about 500 citizens have joined the 1,800 people who have returned to their homes in the past few days.
In total, 6,313 inhabitants remain in shelters at authorized centers or on their own, mainly in the most affected provinces: Corrientes, Chaco, Entre Rios and Santa Fe.
Unlike Chaco, the number of evacuees in the other three provinces remains high.
In Santa Fe, 219 people are still away from their homes; in Corrientes, 1,174 are staying in authorized centers and 1,720 have sought shelter independently; and in Entre Rios, shelters are housing 1,022 people and other 1,255 have self-evacuated.
Authorities are providing evacuated people with food, drinking water, hygiene supplies and medicines, among other things to alleviate the situation.
The torrential rains that caused the flooding may continue until March, according to specialists from the National Agricultural Technology Institute.
State-owned Banco Nacion reported Monday that it will implement “special measures” to help customers who have been affected by the floods and will offer them greater flexibility in making payments on their commercial and personal loans, as well as on their credit cards.