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Disasters Charter: Flood in Argentina

The Disasters Charter has been activated for a Flood in Argentina:

Flood in Argentina

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Argentina
Date of Charter Activation: 12 June 2014
Charter Requestor: SIFEM-DNPC
Project Management: CONAE

Description of the Event
Days of torrential rain falling over South America has caused flooding in northern Argentina, and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.

Water levels have risen to record levels at the Yacyreta Dam, which controls the flow of water from the Paraná River, and its tributary, the Iguazu. There are concerns that the rain will cause the rivers to rise further, and to combat this the floodgates at the dam were opened on 11 June 2014. It was estimated that 50,000 cubic metres of water per second were flowing from the dam, far higher than the normal amount for this time of year; which is typically 13,500 cubic metres per second. The river levels are currently estimated as being approximately 5 metres in height and are expected to peak in the next few days. In the meantime, overflowing waters along parts of the rivers are causing flooding.

The cities of Paso de le Patria, Corrientes, Barranqueras, Puerto Vilelas and Colonia Benitez are expected to be affected by the flooding by 15 June, and other locations in the area are currently on alert for the risk posed by the floods. There are concerns that the situation could be worse than widespread flooding that occurred last year.