After a break of dry and warm weather this week, storms made a comeback in Buenos Aires, causing hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes. Some 420 people were still evacuated from last week’s downpours, and the rain last night added almost 200 more evacuees.
Last night’s rain affected mainly the south of the province of Buenos Aires. “There were heavy rains in Tres Arroyos, San Cayetano, and Necochea, which caused some rivers to overflow and caused disruptions on roads,” informed Luciano Timerman from the Provincial Emergency Committee. Some of these areas received up to 230mm of rain.
Two national routes, number 226 and 228, remained blocked due to flooding. The worst affected area continues to be La Matanza, in the greater Buenos Aires, with 360 people evacuated.
The National Weather Service (SMN) has issued a weather warning for intense rain and storms, valid for the centre, north and south-west of the province of Buenos Aires, east of Córdoba, south of Entre Ríos, centre and south of Santa Fe, and the city of Buenos Aires. The SMN report indicates that the storms will likely cause strong gusts of wind, hail, and intense downpours in short periods of time. However, weather will improve on the weekend, which is expected to be dry and cool.
In the face of the weather alert, the provincial Ministry of Social Development reactivated the emergency protocols. “We will keep working with all the government bodies and keep a round-the-clock watch to provide technical or material assistance to those towns which may need it,” said minister Martín Ferré.