December 22, 2014
Heavy rains in BA City and suburbs leave 2 dead
Intense heavy showers hit Buenos Aires City and Greater Buenos Aires, leaving two dead at Greater Buenos Aires, while thousands were evacuated due to the floods and power outages in many neighbourhoods.
A woman died electrocuted in Lanús district, while a 76-year-old man drowned in the midst of the morning showers after being unable to leave his flooded house in Isidro Casanova locality.
Meanwhile, the province's Social Development Ministry reported almost 1,800 people were evacuated in Buenos Aires province after the heavy storms led to floods.
According to the official statement, 1,795 were evacuated this afternoon, 1200 of them from La Matanza, and the rest from Quilmes, Pilar, Suipacha, Las Heras, Ezeiza, Chivilcoy, Navarro, San Miguel, Hurlingham and Cañuelas.
In Buenos Aires City, Belgrano and La Boca neighborhoods took the worst part. City Environment Minister Diego Santilli informed that at least 200 mm poured down between 5 and 7am.
The National Weather Forecasting Service (SMN in Spanish) set a new alarm for heavy showers as well hail to hit the entire City and Río de La Plata areas. Likewise, the alert reaches the North and center regions of Buenos Aires province, south and center areas of Córdoba province, Northwestern La Pampa, and Southern Santa Fe and Entre Rios.
Metrovías Subway Company informed that services were cancelled at lines C, D E, and H, while a limited service is being provided by Line A (between stations Plaza Miserere and Plaza de Mayo), and Line B (between Leandro N. Alem and Lacroze).
Train line services were cancelled except for the San Martín line that runs between Retiro and Pilar, and Sarmiento Line.
Authorities also warned drivers to avoid main routes and highways as they were flooded, in same cases with up to 40 mm of water as the case of the General Paz Avenue.
Acceso Oeste, Acceso Sudeste, and Richieri highways are both flooded and collapsed with traffic jams of up to 45 minutes.
In Greater Buenos Aires districts like La Matanza, Morón, Avellaneda and Quilmes were among the most complicated areas with reports of floods and power outages.