So far, Paraguay has had the most problems since, in addition to those affected by the current flooding, the country is still dealing with the population affected by last year's floods. The authorities expect that the floods will peak in March of next year.
The Paraguay River has recorded the highest levels in 110 years, and has produced slow-onset flooding that forced the evacuation of 63,320 families in the city of Asuncion. Of these, more than 90% have been relocated to 115 shelters and the rest to the homes of friends or relatives. Additionally, a strong storm with winds above 100 km/h knocked down 150 electrical towers, in addition to causing trees to fall, killing 4 people.
On the recommendation of the Ministry of Public Works, the SEN (National Emergency Secretariat) evacuated about 7,000 people from the city of Alberdi, in the department of Ñeembucú, as a preventative measure due to the possible failure of the perimeter wall and the continuous increase in the level of the Parana River.
It should be noted that in addition to the direct damage caused by the slow-onset and the flash floods to housing, trade, crops and infrastructure, and the evacuation to shelters of many families, it is a challenge for the health system to ensure integrated care, continuity and quality treatments. Besides, the access of disabled people to appropriate care is difficult, so it is necessary to increase efforts to adapt surveillance systems, ensuring access to safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene conditions, and controlling vectors and rodents.
In Argentina, the increase in the levels of the Parana, Paraguay, Uruguay and Pilcomayo rivers has caused flooding along the coast. There are six provinces affected, 25,016 people have been evacuated and two have died. Authorities are coordinating the set up of schools as shelters.
The city of Concordia (Entre Rios), remains partially covered by water due to the overflow of the Uruguay river, after its level rose to 16 meters, a situation not seen since 1959. However, rivers have stopped rising in Argentina and the weather forecast is more favorable for the next few days.
In Bolivia, the hydrometeorological conditions produced flash floods that killed 8 people, in addition to causing landslides and hail, and damaging crops. On the other hand, severe drought has been recorded in several areas of the country.
In Uruguay, the level of the Cuareim River, in the city of Artigas, is decreasing. Currently, about 11,357 people are displaced throughout the country because of the floods.