South American Flooding Forces 160,000 to Evacuate
Severe flooding brought on by El Niño-related storms forced as many as 160,000 people out of their homes in Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil in what the BBC World Service described as South America’s worst flooding in 50 years.
“Paraguay has been the hardest hit, with an estimated 100,000 displaced, while 20,000 have been left homeless in Argentina and 9,000 in Uruguay,” many of them low-income families, EcoWatch reports. “At least eight people have been killed across the region.”
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Paraguay’s municipal emergencies office attributed the intensity of the storms to El Niño and warned that the rising Paraguay River might not subside until sometime this month. The country has declared a state of emergency in the capital of Asunción.