Major flooding is occurring in the province and Greater Buenos Aires area with officials claiming that there are losses in the millions with 17 municipalities in a state of agricultural emergency.
So far, they have evacuated 30 people.
The heavy rain has flooded the economic and agricultural infrastructure of the province. The state of agricultural emergency has lasted for two days, specifically in Bolivar and Pehuajó . Las Flores is another area that has been an area of concern.
Still, it has been claimed that Pehuajó has been said to have been the hardest hit, receiving rain that has inundated nearly 80% of its area. This has raised concern for those that live and operate in the country.
One of the leaders of the Confederation of Rural Associations of Buenos Aires and La Pampa, Alfredo Rodes, explained to El Dia: “The cows are stuck in the water and the calves are dying.”
“Areas that are usually dry, like San Cayetano, Necochea or Gonzales Chaves, are completely inundated,” he continued.
The recent rain has been considered a climatic phenomenon as this time of year it usually rains between 70 and 80mm. Recently, there has been a recorded 300mm. During the course of the year, between 800 and 900mm of rain is expected and, already there has been over 1,000mm, with over three months before the year ends.
There are also fears that the Río Salado may overflow. The areas around the basin and margins are on permanent alert.
Under such conditions, producers are taking the right to withhold paying taxes and certain bank costs. They are also presenting a declaration to be viewed by the Senate to address the damages caused by the weather.
So far, an estimated $4.5bn has been lost and 10 million productive hectares are flooded.