Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay: Flooding causes evacuation of over 100,000 people

Posted on December 27, 2015 • Filed under: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Weather/Climate

Over 100,000 flee flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay reported more than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Niño, authorities said on Saturday.

In the worse affected country, Paraguay, around 90,000 people in the area around the capital city of Asuncion have been evacuated, the municipal Emergencies Office said. Many are poor families living in precarious housing along the banks of the River Paraguay.

The Paraguayan government has declared a state of emergency in Asuncion and seven regions of the country to free up funds to help those affected. Several people have been killed by trees falling in the storms that caused the flooding, local media reported. There was no official death toll yet. Read Article

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