Flooding In Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil And Uruguay Cause 150,000 People To Flee Their Homes

Flooding In Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil And Uruguay Cause 150,000 People To Flee Their Homes

Flooding In Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil And Uruguay Cause 150,000 People To Flee Their Homes

Concordia's streets have now turned into canals

 

Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have experienced the worst flooding in 50 years.

The flooding has caused about 150,000 people to flee their homes.The flooding is as a result of days of heavy rains brought on by El Nino. This caused three major rivers to swell. Authorities have also reported at least six weather-related deaths.

Flooding In Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil And Uruguay Cause 150,000 People To Flee Their Homes

President Dilma Rousseff (left) flew over the flooded region on Saturday to inspect the damage.

In Paraguay, a state of emergency is in force since it is the worst hit nation, where 130,000 people have fled their homes.

In northern Argentina, some 20,000 people have left their homes. Dry weather is forecast for the Brazil-Uruguay border region in the next few days, but in Paraguay and Argentina water levels are still expected to rise.

In Paraguay, the Paraguay river in the capital Asuncion, is only 30cm (12in) away from overtopping its banks. Officials warn this could lead to widespread flooding in the area and it could also affect thousands of other people who live by the Paraguay - the country's main river - the authorities said.

Paraguay's national emergencies office say, "(The flooding) was directly influenced by the El Nino phenomenon which has intensified the frequency and intensity of rains,"

Nearly 200 electricity pylons have been damaged or destroyed by strong winds, causing power cuts.Four people have been killed by fallen trees.

After declaring the state of emergency, President Horacio Cartes said $3.5m (£2.3m) would be immediately available in relief funds for the victims of the flooding.

At least two people have died in the floods, which are mostly affecting the north-eastern provinces of Entre Rios, Corrientes and Chaco with some 20,000 people evacuated in the border city of Concordia, where the Uruguay river is now 14 metres (46 feet) above its normal levels.

Local officials say the flooding was the worst in the last five decades. Newly-elected President Mauricio Macri is expected to visit the region later on Sunday.

In the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, nearly 1,800 families in almost 40 towns had been forced to leave their homes. Heavy rain began to fall in the region on 18 December, swelling the Uruguay and Quarai rivers. President Dilma Rousseff flew over the flooded region on Saturday to inspect the damage.

Also in Uruguay, thousands of people have been made homeless in the past few days, but most of them have now returned home. The authorities warn that water levels are expected to remain at their current high level for several days before subsiding.

 

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