3000 people evacuated to the floods in the country




3,000 people were evacuated after the heavy storms that fell yesterday and affected seven provinces of the south, north and center of the country, being the most serious situation recorded in Neuquén, where classes and public transport was suspended and was declared an administrative holiday. 

That province in the south, along with Río Negro, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero, were affected by the storms with evacuees, flooded streets and cut routes, while there were mudslides that affected households.

The most difficult situation was recorded in Neuquen, where 118 mm fell in the last 24 hours, almost equivalent to the average annual volume in the province, prompting the evacuation of 700 people in the provincial capital and 600 in other parts of the interior.

The province receives rainfall from five days ago, but the strongest segment was recorded in the morning until noon, while tomorrow are planned improvements and light rains in the afternoon.

The national government provided military assistance to both Neuquén and Catamarca, “in the search and rescue of people in flooded areas, as well as packaging and supply four evacuation centers” said Defense Minister Agustín Rossi.

The alert for strong or severe storms was issued Monday night by the (NWS) National Weather Service which covers the city of Buenos Aires, La Plata, north, central and south of the province, the center and north of Córdoba, southern Corrientes, Entre Rios, Santa Fe and the south and east of Santiago del Estero.

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