August 20, 2014
Gov't 'constantly monitoring' Iguazú floodings
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said the government is “constantly monitoring” the flooding emergency in the Iguazú watershed by an emergency committee and that National Gendarmerie, Federal Police and Military Police personnel were being deployed in the affected areas.
In his daily press briefing from Government House Capitanich said “there is a team working together with federal and provincial governments,” to assist those affected by the rise in the levels of Paraná, Paraguay and Uruguay rivers is on its way. “We are constantly, thoroughly monitoring [the situation],” he said.
The Kirchnerite Official said an emergency committee met yesterday to monitor the situation and that a new meeting is scheduled for Monday in the affected areas. He explained that the committe is working on “evacuation strategies” as well as “the protection of goods and bovine cattle, which is important in coastal areas”.
In the past days, the Iguazú river experienced an unusual rainfall that increased its water level from the average 1,500 cubic meters to 47,700 cubic meters, affecting the entire watershed and isolating several coastal cities.
Weather forecasts predict more storms in the area.