Córdoba: severe storm hits the province leaving dead, injured and evacuees (videos)
31 de enero de 2012
The province of Córdoba was affected by a severe storm yesterday, leaving up to now, two dead, dozens of injured, about 300 evacuees and considerable damage.
Rain and hail were recorded, with winds of 160 km / h. causing trees to fall, flooding streets and blowing roofs.
Staff of the Argentine Army, National Gendarmerie, city staff, the provincial police and the Fire Department are working hard to restore the terrible damage that occurred yesterday.
Mayor Ramon Mestre ordered the ’state of emergency’, and will form a crisis committee and mechanisms for volunteers to work on recovering from the disaster that remained after the storm.
Alejandro Mosquera, Secretary of Public Communication of the Province, explained that “the Governor José Manuel de la Sota requested assistance to the president, Cristina Fernandez, who commanded the support of the Third Corps of Gendarmerie, and the delivery by the National Ministry of Action Social of water, food, mattresses, blankets and sheets.”
Carlos Eschoyez, meteorologist, said that “almost all the rain occurred in less than an hour, and wind gusts reached 160 kmph. The phenomenon occurred one morning after a sweltering heat that reached 37 degrees (celsius) and a wind chill of about 44 degrees (celsius).”