On this Monday morning the National Metereological Service issued “orange alerts” by storms for Between rivers and the southeast of Santa Fe y “yellow alerts” for the rest of said province and for areas of Buenos Aires, Chaco, Currents, Córdoba, Formosa, Jujuy, Salta y Santiago del Estero.
The alerts come after a Sunday where many regions of the country were affected since dawn by the strong storm that during Saturday he had been alerted by the SMN and whose most tragic outcome was recorded in the Buenos Aires city of White Bay. To date, a total of 16 people died.
For Between rivers and the southeast of Santa Fe (locations of Constitution, Iriondo, Rosario, Saint Lawrence, Garay, The capital y St Geronimo) some strong or severe storms are expected, which may be accompanied by intense electrical activity, possible hail, abundant falls of water in short periods and localized strong gusts are not ruled out. According to him SMN“accumulated precipitation values between 70 and 90 millimeters” are expected throughout the area, which may in turn be exceeded from time to time.
“Orange alert” means for the organism that “they are expected dangerous weather phenomena for society, life, goods and the environment.”
He “yellow alert” It is of lower intensity. In this case, storms are expected, some locally strong, which may be accompanied by intense electrical activity, occasional hail and abundant falls of water in short periods of time. Localized strong gusts are also not ruled out.
The areas with “yellow alert” include the Buenos Aires cities of Baradero, Ramallo, St nicolas y Saint Peter. Also to the entire Santa Fe territory that is not under the “orange” level, to Currentsto the east of Córdobaa Santiago del Estero; northwest of Admiral Brown and of General Guemes in Chaco; to the towns of Formosa Russet, Matacos y Ramon Lista; to a large part of the province of Salta. For these regions the SMN estimates accumulated precipitation values between 40 and 60 millimeters average.
For the Jujuy districts of Ledesma, Palpala, Saint Anthony, Saint Peter, Saint Barbara, Valle Grande and the lower area of Doctor Manuel Belgrano and of Tilcara Accumulated precipitation values are estimated between 20 and 40 millimeters.
He SMN recommended for the areas contemplated in the alerts that the population avoid outdoor activities, do not take out the trash and remove objects that prevent water from draining; Pay attention to the possible fall of hail and Do not stay on beaches, rivers, lagoons or pools to minimize the risk of being struck by lightning.
Since early Sunday morning, almost the entire country has been affected in one way or another by the strong storm, which has occurred so far a balance of 16 fatalities. In White Bay The worst situation was experienced as a result of a collapse in the club Northern Bahian where 13 deaths were recorded. Nearly Bayin Colonel Rosales, another person died after falling into a water well on a public road. The other two deaths occurred in Moreno y Canuelas.
In the Buenos aires citythirteen people attending an event at the Palermo Hippodrome were hospitalized for blowing up tents and structures, while at the club Gymnastics and Fencing of Buenos Aires Young people who were at a party were evacuated.
This Monday the Buenos Aires Government of Axel Kicillof declared the “state of emergency throughout the provincial territory and mourning for the next 72 hours”. In addition, an administrative and school holiday was declared for today and tomorrow in the matches of White Bay, Colonel Rosales, Three Streams, Mount Beautiful and the towns of Juan Couste, Medanos, Chapalco Argerich y Lieutenant Origone of the party of Villarino.
As published in the Official Gazette of the province, The declared emergency is for 30 days “for the purposes of carrying out urgent works and implementing the necessary actions to solve or alleviate the consequences of the disaster, avoid the humanitarian aggravations that could arise from it and repair the damages caused or that occur as a consequence of the climatological phenomenon which occurred since December 16, to the entire territory of the province of Buenos Aires.”
The “mourning in the scope of the provincial public administration” for 72 hours is due to “the deaths that occurred in the city of Bahía Blanca.”
In addition to human losses, damage of all kinds was reported in at least 45 districts of the province of Buenos Aires, especially broken or blown-off roofs, breaks due to falling trees, and lack of power supply.
During these hours, comments and messages of regret for the victims and the considerable material damage abound. Even from officials who have been governing the affected provinces for years. But It is necessary to say that these catastrophes, although they have an “unexpected” component, are far from being considered “natural.”.
Just like ten years ago At payment suffered the consequences of a harsh storm that took at least 90 lives, on this occasion it must be said again that If lives are lost and if thousands of people are left at the mercy of inclement weather and the structural deficiencies of cities and towns, it is not due to mere fatalities and much less because the consequences cannot be prevented and acted upon accordingly..
The catastrophes we are witnessing, once again, are typical of the global warming which does nothing but increase the chances of disasters like these. Which, in turn, continues to be encouraged by governments that do not stop promoting activities that put the environment at riskas the oil exploitation offshore the deforestation reaching record levels and the destruction of wetlands for the development of the mega mining. All tasks that contribute to the accumulation of greenhouse gases and global warming.
Not to mention the president’s “philosophical” position. Javier Mileywhose denialism He goes so far as to claim that climate change and global warming are “inventions” of the left and “socialism.”