27 December 2015

Floods force mass evacuations in 4 South American countries

Men selling vegetables drive their horse-drawn cart through a flooded street in the Tacumbu neighborhood of Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.
Widespread floods have forced nearly 140,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil following days of torrential rains that drenched a region where the countries border each other.
Paraguay is the hardest hit with at least 100,000 evacuating according to the National Emergency Department.

Argentina's state-run news agency Telam reports that 20,000 people suffered the same fate in that nation, while Uruguay's National Emergency System says some 9,000 were displaced by rivers that overflowed their banks.
The civil defense department in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul says at least 7,000 people had to leave their homes.
(AP)  
Victor Ferreira, who is displaced by flooding, rows his boat through the streets of his Jukyty neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.
Victor Ferreira, who is displaced by flooding, rows his boat through the streets of his Jukyty neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.  
A family forced from their flooded home rest outside a shack in the Republicano neighborhood of in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people from their homes.
A family forced from their flooded home rest outside a shack in the Republicano neighborhood of in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people from their homes.   
Christmas lights hang from a temporary shelter used by Aurelio Saucedo, sitting right, Justina Rodriguez, standing left, and her son Dylan, as they drink mate in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, after their home was flooded. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.
Christmas lights hang from a temporary shelter used by Aurelio Saucedo, sitting right, Justina Rodriguez, standing left, and her son Dylan, as they drink mate in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, after their home was flooded. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.  
Four children from the Saucedo-Rodriguez family sleep on the same bed inside a temporary shelter while their home is flooded in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.
Four children from the Saucedo-Rodriguez family sleep on the same bed inside a temporary shelter while their home is flooded in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 people to shelters.  
Saturnino Zorrilla carries chairs from his flooded home to a shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 residents to shelters.
Saturnino Zorrilla carries chairs from his flooded home to a shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 residents to shelters.  
Saturnino Zorrilla carries a table from his flooded home to a shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 residents to shelters.
Saturnino Zorrilla carries a table from his flooded home to a shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Paraguay River is at its highest level since 1984 and threatening the poor districts that surround the capital, forcing about 100,000 residents to shelters.

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