Flash flooding in the capital province of Argentina has left millions of residents stranded in high rise buildings, unless you happened to have a stand-up paddle board stashed away in your home. After a month’s worth of rain fell rapidly in only 2 hours, the city streets of the typically busseling city of Buenos Aires went on stand still on Tuesday. The province is home to over 15 million inhabitants (38% of the national population), some of whom are surfers that frequent the nearby beach of Miramar located in Mar del Plata, a city on the Atlantic coast, 200 miles south of Buenos Aires.
35 people have been reported dead thus far. Millions are facing devastating water damage to their homes and property.
Tuesday was the worst rainfall since 1906. Poor drainage meant power cuts and flooded streets in the majority of the city. Cars are pilled up on one another. La Plata city was the most devastated, with fatal accidents occurring killing subway workers and some elderly residents unable to leave their homes.
About 280,000 people remain without power in Buenos Aires province, according to figures given by National Planning Minister Julio de Vido.
“Our job is focused on restoring service, but we’re going to wait until the equipment dries to guarantee the safety of the electricity workers, because we don’t want any deaths,” said Mr de Vido.
Just hours before the flash flooding, storms made for some tricky conditions for surfing during the Rip CurlPro Argentina. Held in the Playa Grande area of Mar del Plata, top South American surfers battled in stormy weather and finished the contest. An all-Brazilian podium included: Jihad Khodr, Matheus Navarro, David do Carmo and Marco Fernandez (BRA).