July 23, 2014
La Plata judge claims 89 people died in 2013 floods
Federal Judge Luis Federico Arias has determined that the death toll followed last year’s flood in La Plata rose to 89, instead of the 67 informed previously by local authorities from Buenos Aires province.
The magistrate condemned the government and urged it to “inform in public the result of this process (the investigation) through the same media which supplied inexact information,” in allusion to the body count that Governor Daniel Scioli administration had reported after the tragic climate catastrophe.
Judge Arias revealed that 17 more deaths believed to be linked to the flooding of April 2 2013 were under investigation, although there was no conclusive evidence that their passing was due to the adverse weather conditions.
The magistrate ordered the Public Record office to emphasize and write on the death certificates that the decease of the victims was the result of the downpours.
In the judge's opinion, local authorities must “regulate, adapt or modify procedures and practices that allowed the irregularities which have been verified in this cause.”
He also described that “the testimonial evidence collected during the reconstruction of the facts determinate a context of falsity, concealment, distrust, confusion and catastrophe.”