May 1, 2003

Argentina floods displace 100,000

Seven dead, three missing after days of rain

SANTA FE, Argentina (CNN) --Emergency workers were working Thursday to bring in
supplies to thousands forced from their homes after several days of heavy rains and
flooding that left seven dead and three missing in this northern Argentinian province.

Authorities said that at least 29,000 people were in 115 official shelters, but
they estimated another 90,000 residents had been displaced and were staying
with relatives.

The Argentinian government is coordinating with local authorities to bring loads
of food, medicine, and mattresses to the area.

Flood waters from the Rio Salado were beginning to recede Thursday under
sunny skies.

The Santa Fe Province is an important agricultural region and authorities
estimate the flooding will cost farmers at least $200 million.

The town of Santa Fe is about 500 kilometers from the capital city, Buenos

CNN's Buenos Aires Bureau Chief Carlina Cayazzo contributed to this