On Tuesday, 2 April, a violent storm lashed down on Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. The enormous volume of rain that fell in a short space of time on the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and particularly the city of La Plata, the capital of Buenos Aires Province, caused devastating floods that are known to have caused over 50 deaths – making it the region’s worst climate-related tragedy.
In a letter to the President of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, with a copy also sent to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter stated his deep sorrow at this week’s events: “It was with great consternation and sadness that we heard the news of the tragic moments being experienced in Argentina, particularly in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires Province, which have caused the deaths of numerous people, as well as substantial damage.”
Blatter also offered the support of the governing body of world football: “For the present I would like, in the name of FIFA, to get our support out to you during this difficult time, and inform you that we’re at your disposal to help and collaborate in this emergency situation via FIFA’s Solidarity Fund.”
As his letter drew to a close, the FIFA President was also keen to send a message of encouragement to those affected: “Our thoughts are with the victims of this natural disaster, as well as with their families and those close to them. The footballing community is with you in your pain. We sincerely hope that our words bring you some small consolation during this difficult time.”