BUENOS AIRES - Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in several towns of Buenos Aires province due to an intense storm with heavy rains that has also halted traffic on some flooded highways, municipal officials told EFE Friday.
The worst problems were caused by rivers overflowing in Buenos Aires towns like Tigre, Lujan, San Antonio de Areco and Pilar, one of the hardest hit municipalities with 839 evacuees, municipal sources told EFE.
"Our people are working hard to overcome the disruptions caused by the storm," the Cabinet chief of the Argentine government, Anibal Fernandez, said during his daily press conference.
National Highway 8, which connects Buenos Aires province with the western province of San Luis, had to be closed to traffic for a 15-kilometer (9-mile) stretch, while traffic also had to be interrupted on Route 9, which extends to the border with Bolivia near the Buenos Aires municipality of Campana.
Personnel of Argentina's Planning Ministry are at work in the affected areas to "evaluate the damage to roads and highways, while checking for any problems with the electric system," the ministry said in a communique.
Weather forecasts indicate that the heavy rains falling since Wednesday in parts of Argentina will continue until next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, alerts have been issued in several provinces in the west and northwest of the country for expected high winds.