And in both cities, politicians sought to fix blame on their rivals as residents complained that government in general was ill-prepared and providing insufficient help.
It didn’t help that the mayors of both cities were vacationing in Brazil when disaster struck.
Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri said Fernandez needs to foster expensive public works projects to cope with storms that will become more frequent due to climate change.
La Plata Mayor Pablo Bruera, meanwhile, arrived home to an additional, self-inflicted disaster: While he was in Brazil, a tweet sent from his official Twitter account falsely claimed he had been ‘‘checking on evacuation centers since last night.’’ The tweet even included an old picture of Bruera handing out bottled water.
Bruera told reporters Thursday that he would not resign over the false claim, and that he had instead fired the people responsible for what he called a ‘‘mistake by my communications team.’’
Associated Press Writers Michael Warren and Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.