Argentina Red Cross works together with the community of Pergamino

Publié: 29 décembre 2016 22:17 CET

More than 13,000 people were affected by the rains of recent days in different cities in northern part of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santa Fe. Argentina Red Cross is supporting the families affected on their way home.

Between Sunday 25 and dawn on Monday, December 26, the city of Pergamino was affected by abundant rainfall, accumulating about 220 millimeters of water and causing the overflow of the Pergamino creek. Several areas of the city suffered floods, mainly the neighborhoods Jose Hernandez, Kennedy, 27 de Noviembre, Belgrano and Güemes, affecting approximately 13,200 people (3,400 homes). More than 250 people were evacuated.

From the beginning of the emergency, the Argentina Red Cross has been carrying out tasks supporting the municipality, damages assessments and analysis of the needs of the population in the flooded areas. About 60 volunteers and technical team mobilized to Pergamino to offer First Aid, Psychosocial Support and tasks of prevention and health promotion. Cristian Bolado, Director of Disasters and Emergency Response in the Argentina Red Cross, said: "Now we are focusing on the early recovery of communities, from Psychosocial Support to affected families, to First Aid for those suffering minor injuries during the cleaning tasks".

In addition to information and recommendations on water and sanitation, Argentina Red Cross is delivering repellents and performing tasks to minimize the risks when people are returning home. Bolado added: "When the water comes down, the biggest humanitarian challenge begins, this is to accompany the hundreds of families on their way home and help them cope with the great losses they have suffered."


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