At least 13 people were killed and 500 evacuated last night in the violent storm that hit parts of the country last night.
Strong winds, hail and heavy rain swept the country, especially in the city and province of Buenos Aires. Trees fell down and many houses were damaged. Electricity and drinking water were also cut.
The numbers of deaths has been rising throughout the day. City Public Spaces Minister, Diego Santilli, confirmed three deaths in the capital, while nine deaths have been reported in the Province of Buenos Aires, in Avallenada, Quilmes and La Plata among others. In Santa Fe, a 19-year old boy was electrocuted during the storm.
The Ministry of Security has despatched a total of 600 members of the gendarmerie, who have been sent to areas of the country where they are most needed.
Santilli has assured that work is being done to make sure Buenos Aires can resume normal activity following the damage and cuts to power. “We are working to get things back to normal,” he said, speaking to a local radio station.
The Ministry for Social Development has already sent clothes, shoes, sheets and beds to Avellaneda, Quilmes, General Rodriguez and La Mantanza, among other areas that have been worse affected.