Deadly floods hit Cordoba province, Argentina

Deadly floods hit Cordoba province, Argentina

Heavy rain has caused devastating floods in Cordoba province, central Argentina and claimed lives of at least 7 people by February 17, 2015. Four others are still missing.

Local media reported that as much as 320 mm of rain fell in just 12 hours in some areas causing rivers to overflow and flood the streets, trapping people in their cars.

According to WMO data, 79 mm of rain fell at Cordoba Airport in 24 hours from February 14 to 15.

The severe weather has affected several parts of the province, including the city of Córdoba, where authorities have declared an “alert and climate emergency” for 72 hours. Power has been cut off to prevent electrocution, FloodList reports.

Cordoba Governor Jose Manuel de la Sota said 1 000 people had to be evacuated from Córdoba City, Punilla and Sierras Chicas.

According to Buenos Aires Herald, other affected areas include Ascochinga, Jesús María, Juárez Celman, Río Ceballos, Unquillo and Mendiolaza.

Dry weather is expected by the end of the week.

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