Amid flooding, Paraguay declares state of emergency

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Tens of thousands of people near the capital of Paraguay have evacuated their homes after some of the worst flooding to hit Latin America’s southern cone.

Amid flooding, Paraguay declares state of emergency

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Some 90,000 people in Paraguay, most of them around the capital, Asuncion, have evacuated their homes in the wake of severe floods brought on by heavy El Nino weather.

Many are poor families living in precarious housing along the banks of the River Paraguay.

The government’s declared a state of emergency here and in seven other regions, urging several thousand more to leave.

But to where, that’s not clear for everyone.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MELANIA RODRIGUEZ, RESIDENT AFFECTED BY FLOODING, SAYING:

“We don’t have water. We don’t have light. We don’t even have food to eat. It’s really something.”

Where the River Paraguay snakes through the Alberdi area, walls acting as levies keep the water at bay, for now.

Authorities caution the water levels here are expected to rise, still.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARTURO PEREZ, ALBERDI RESIDENT, SAYING:

“It’s really ugly, because we are surrounded by water. And that is going to really harm this community if the walls are flooded.”

Local media say at least five people have died from the severe weather but the official death toll is yet to come.

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