HFHA’s Disaster Response team has recently launched a mission in Santiago del Estero, the least developed province after Formosa and with the third lowest GDP per capita in the country, to address the risk of strong winds and severe flooding from the River Salado, which crosses the provinces of Santiago del Estero, Salta and Santa Fe. It is the same river that flooded in 2003, exceeding the defenses of the city of Santa Fe and provoking one of the worst disasters in the country. This year, 8000 residents that live alongside the river were evacuated only in the Santiago del Estero province after gale force winds and heavy flooding from the River Salado, in some areas overflowing into the nearby River Dulce.
The first stage of the mission involves an evaluation of the dangers and an analysis of the needs in regards to housing and to the most impacted communities and the second stage of the mission involves the development and execution of a project to realize the greatest number of constructive interventions possible. The team have identified the first neighborhood for the delivery of interventions, which will involve vertical tar waterproofing, lime-paint for the internal and external walls to provide protection from inspects bites, and nylon sheets to cover or reinforce the roofs. This project is enabled through the generous donation of Jerónimo, Sofía y Benjamín Oliva Vélez and with discounts to the project’s transportation costs, courtesy of the Almirante Brown Company.
Picture: Nylon covering and tar waterproofing to a home in the region.