A quarter of a million people have been evacuated from northern Argentina where floodwaters have caused more than 300 million dollars in property damage.
A quarter of a million people have been evacuated from northern Argentina where floodwaters have caused more than 300 million dollars in property damage. The floods began last week after three days of heavy rain pushed the water over the banks of the Parana River. As of Tuesday (22 March) there was no sign of decline in the water level.
The flood waters have submerged the city of San Nicholas, a city of 30,000 people, but most of the inhabitants have been taken to safety in Army trucks. In other areas, thousands of cattle have been drowned and many crops ruined.
In Rosario, where this film was shot, emergency living quarters have been set up in railroad freight cars that are on high ground. Foodstuffs and extra medical supplies and doctors are being flown into the disaster area.
Observers who recently surveyed the flood areas of Entre Rio and Santa Fe Provinces reported that the Parana River was 44 miles wide in places last weekend (19 and 20 March). The river's normal width is only about half a mile.
Argentine government officials say it is the worst flooding in their country in 60 years.