More than 7,000 people have been evacuated in six provinces in the north of Argentina due to heavy flooding caused by intense rainfall and the flooding of the River Paraná. In total, over 15,000 people have been affected, with Corrientes, Córdoba and Entre Ríos being the worst-hit provinces.
In the last few days, 750 millimeters of rain has fallen on the Provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Santa Fe, Chaco, Formosa and Santiago del Estero, which have all been placed in state of alert. The heavy rain has subsequently caused both the Paraná and Salado Rivers to overflow. According to the Argentine Navy, the Paraná River, which runs through the provinces of Corrientes, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos, has risen steadily at an average of 10 centimeters each day, and now measures 6.21 meters in the port of Santa Fe. Meanwhile, the River Salado, which joins the River Paraná in Santa Fe Province, has risen to 6.57 meters.
Along the coast in Corrientes Province, 5,000 people have been evacuated, while in Entre Ríos a further 1,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes. The governor of Entre Ríos, Gustavo Bordet, assured that the local government is working “from all areas to assist families.”
Meanwhile, a town in Córdoba has been described as the province’s own “Venice” due to the flooding, which has left Pozo del Molle under water for a month now. Houses currently sit 15 centimeters under water and although residents have not yet been evacuated, they are receiving supplies in their homes. Today, school classes were cancelled as the streets became impassable.
Speaking to La Nación, local mayor Carlos Salvático said that the overflowing water is “not only covering the town” but causing it to “collapse.” The area, which relies on farming as its main economy has been so severely affected that dairy farms can no longer transport their produce, given that the rural roads have literally been turned into rivers.
And in Pueblo Libertador, situated in the province of Corrientes, an army helicopter, three National Prefecture boats, police trucks and officials are working together to bring supplies to affected families. According to the local Minister of Social Development, Federico Mouliá, “80 percent of the locality is under water.”
To help deal with the flooding, Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio announced that AR $2 million have already been sent to the municipalities in the province of Entre Ríos. However, unfortunately for those people affected, the National Meteorological Service has predicted that the bad weather will continue until at least Wednesday.