Río Paraná

The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillofdeclared this Monday the Water Emergency in the Paraná River Delta area by the historic downspout that registers the Paraná River Basin. The announcement was made through the Decree 710 of the Provincial Official Gazette and includes different coastal districts where a series of measures will be promoted to mitigate the impact of the meteorological phenomenon that impacts the productive area

As explained in the official document, the Water Emergency will be, in principle, for 180 days and includes the parties of San Nicolás, Ramallo, San Pedro, Baradero, Zárate, Campana, Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Isidro, Vicente López, Avellaneda, Berazategui, Berisso, Ensenada, La Plata and Quilmes. In addition, through the decree the Interministerial Committee for Water Emergency was created.

This organism will have the function of “articulating with the provincial, national and municipal organisms the measures of prevention, control and mitigation of the effects produced by the water drain and of cadastral identification of the affected areas”. It will be coordinated by a representative of Chief of Cabinet and made up of representatives of the Ministries of Security, Government, Infrastructure, Community Development, Labor, Agrarian Development, Production, Finance and the Provincial Organization for Sustainable Development (OPDS).

On the basis of the measure, the Government stressed that “the rainfall deficit in the basins of the Paraná, Paraguay and Iguazú rivers constitutes one of the determining factors for the historical downspout, considered the most important in the country since 1944.” “This downspout presents incipient effects on the supply of drinking water, navigation, port operations and economic activities related to the production and exploitation of the water basin,” they specified while underlining the impact on environmental matters on “quality and availability of water ”and“ the consequences on the flora and fauna associated with the natural dynamics of this mosaic of wetlands ”.

“The extraordinary magnitude of the events requires that all areas of the provincial government join forces to mitigate the adverse effects of this hydrological phenomenon in the affected areas,” they insisted. Faced with this scenario, the Security portfolio led by Sergio Berni was empowered “to define and articulate the actions or measures necessary for the management of risk situations that arise due to the water emergency.”

The OPDS was also authorized to “adopt the necessary measures to preserve natural resources and conserve, protect and recover reserves and areas that may be affected during the water emergency.” Meanwhile, Infrastructure may take “necessary intervention measures to moderate the effects caused by the downspout ”and Water Resources will be able to“ provide advice and provide collaboration ”.

The Ministry of Community Development is allowed to “manage and supervise direct assistance to people who are victims of emergency situations”, while Agrarian Development may “manage and supervise assistance to agricultural, forestry and fishery producers who are affected by their production”. And finally, the Ministry of Labor is authorized to “implement programs and actions to sustain employment in the areas affected by the water emergency.”

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