More than sixty people are feared dead in floods which have hit three provinces of hortherr Argentina.
More than sixty people are feared dead in floods which have hit three provinces of hortherr Argentina. Eighty thousand people have been evacuated form their homes in the three provinces ... Santiago del Estero, Salta and Jujuy ... which have been declared disaster areas by the Federal government.
Huge areas are under water and crop damage in santiago del Ostero is estimated at five million dollars (GBP2,220,000 sterling), which includes the loss of the province's as well as areas in neighboring Bolivia and Southern Peru.
To a lesser extent eight other northern and western provinces have been affected, as well as areas in neighboring Bolivia and Southern Peru.
In Argentina, the province of Santiago del Estero has had more than its average total annual rainfall in the last ten days. The army and air force are taking part in rescue operations and tons of food, medicine, clothing and blankets have been airlifted to refugee areas. Helicopters are being used to rescue people cut off by the floodwater.
The floods have destroyed homes, bridges and roads. Rail traffic in many areas has been disrupted. In Chile, General Augusto Pinochet, president of the ruling military junta, has offered relief aid to Argentina President Juan Peron.
SYNOPSIS: Emergency relief supplies are being airlifted to three provinces of northern Argentina where flooding has left eighty-thousand people homeless with as many as sixty feared dead.
Thirty two tons of food, medicine, warm clothing and blankets have been flown toe evacuees. Argentina's President Juan Peron has declared the three provinces of Santiago del Estero, Salta and Jujuy disaster areas ... with Santiago alone suffering damage estimated at five million dollars. The province has had more than its average total annual rainfall in ten days.
Here in Santiago province floodwaters have wrecked homes and ruined crops, cut roads and bridges and have completely isolated some area.
Many villagers have been trying to divert floodwaters to save their homes.
However, many have abandoned their houses, taking with them as many belongings as they could carry and heading for one of the many refugee areas on higher ground. Heavier things have been left behind.
The evacuee camps are getting steadily more crowded and the death toll could climb even higher. In Chile, General Augusto Pinochet, president of the ruling military junta has offered relief aid to the Argentine President Juan Peron.