The Santa Fe province and parts of the Córdoba province in Argentina continue to grapple with widespread flooding and heavy rain. According to the governor of Santa Fe, Miguel Lifschitz, between 500 and 600 people have had to be evacuated.
It’s not just people being affected, about 100,000 hectares of farmed soy have been lost and another 500,000 hectares of soy are in danger of being compromised as well.
The Santa Fe governor said that climate change is something serious that the Government must take into account. The historic amount of rainfall is proof that something serious is occurring around the world. In many areas, rainfall surpassed 100 millimeters. Within just the month, some areas have accumulated from 600 to 650 mm of rainfall, which is about 60 percent of the precipitation expected to be received in an entire year.
According to Alberto Marchionni, rains have been registered and recorded since 1913 — showing that there has never been such a large amount recorded as there was yesterday.
The minister of the Social Development santafesino, Jorge Álvarez, said that the most affected city is Arroyo Seco, which had 320 mm of rainfall in just 10 hours. Other areas affected have been Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Pueblo Esther, Fighiera, General Lagos, Empalme and Villa Constitución.
Yet this isn’t the first time Argentina faces intense flooding. Not too long ago, six provinces were affected by intense rains and had to evacuate thousands of residents.
But this recent rainfall has affected Arroyo Seco greatly. The area had to face the challenge of finding a new evacuation center since their designated center was also a location that became flooded.
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Fire chief in Arroyo Seco, Alexis Sciacca, said that they’re doing the best they can but he personally is greatly affected in seeing his station that he has worked in his “whole life” destroyed. He called it his home and said that the men are devastated by what is occurring.