29 December 2015

In South America, more than 150,000 people evacuated due to devastating floods

Updated: 9:00am EST, December 29, 2015

Severe flooding, the result of days of heavy rain and bulging rivers, has forced more than 150,000 people to flee their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. At least 8 people have died.

Over 90,000 people In Paraguay, the country hardest hit by the worst floods in decades, have evacuated their homes in the capital city of Asuncion. In response, the Paraguayan government has announced a state of emergency in Asuncion and seven affected regions in the country.

Community centers operated by SOS Children’s Villages in Bañado Tacumbu, Zeballos Cué, and Limpio Salado have been affected by the floods. These community centers provide support services to a total of 68 families with 131 children. Families in these communities have been displaced by the floods and are staying in temporary, emergency shelters. The situation is most critical for families who have lost their homes and belongings. Two SOS community centers located in Bañado Tacumbu are working with Paraguay’s national emergency service to help affected families.

No SOS families or programs in Brazil, Argentina or Uruguay are known to be affected so far.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.