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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 10:26 PM

170,000 evacuated by unprecedented floods in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

One of the worst rains and floods in recent decades has left more than 170,000 evacuees in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay. Authorities remain on alert after the Paraná and Uruguay rivers and a number of tributaries overflowed their banks. Paraguay was the most affected, with 130,000 evacuees.

The effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon - resulting from the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere in the Eastern and Central Pacific equatorial areas - are the most destructive since 1950 and may continue until the first quarter of 2016, according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Argentina:

Two people died and 20,000 were evacuated in three provinces of northeastern Argentina, mainly because of flooding of the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, according to recent reports from the authorities.

"These floods are on track to being one of the most complicated in history," said Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio during a tour this Saturday of Entre Rios Province. Entre Rios is the most affected province with about 10,500 displaced from their homes. Most are in Concordia, a city of 170,000 on the banks of the Uruguay River which according to authorities is suffering its "worst flooding in 50 years."

The Governor of Entre Rios, Gustavo Bordet, and the Secretary of Human Development of Concordia, Guillermo Echenause, reported Saturday that a state of alert remains in the city - although Uruguay River levels have recently decreased a little. "Right now the situation has stabilized as a result of good weather and this has given us a break," Governor Bordet said, adding that the Uruguay River remains at 15.86 meters (52 feet) - nearly a meter (3 ft) above flood stage.

Presidential Chief of Staff Marcos Peña visited Corrientes Province, where another 2,000 evacuees were registered; there were 1,500 more in neighboring Chaco Province.

Brazil:

The overflowing Uruguay River also affected the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (southern Brazil), where 1,795 families (9,000 people) were displaced by the storm in recent days.

On Saturday, President Dilma Rousseff flew over the area around Uruguaiana, a city of 125,000 on the banks of the Uruguay River. "We are here because we know that Brazil suffers the El Niño phenomenon with heavy rains in the south and a terrible drought in the northeast," Rousseff said.

Major Rinaldo da Silva Castro of the Regional Civil Defense said that 38 cities in the region were affected by flooding along the rivers Uruguay and Quaraí.

Paraguay:

Heavy El Niño storms also caused disastrous flooding in Paraguay, the country most affected by this disaster. Flooding along the Paraguay River has provoked 130,000 evacuated (out of a population of just 7 million), authorities said. Four people were crushed by falling trees and the capital, Asunción, remains without electricity. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartés declared a state of emergency to release more than $ 3.5 million in care for evacuees.

Uruguay:

Northern Uruguay saw 9,083 evacuees by Saturday, of which 7,185 evacuated voluntarily according to the latest report from the National Emergency System (Sinae).

The most serious flooding is reportedly in the northern departments of Artigas, Paysandú, Rivera, and Salto, and in the central departments of Durazno and Río Negro.

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Judi Lynn Dec 2015 #1
Ghost Dog Dec 2015 #2
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forest444 Dec 2015 #3
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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 11:01 PM

1. Horrendous, vastly confusing, frightening nightmare for so many people.

Worst in 50 years.

People have been born and died without ever having been in floods, in these areas, in the 4 countries.

Even if they can avoid drowning, these people are going to be working so hard trying to put their lives back in order forever.

Very sad way to spend their holidays, isn't it?

Hope those people DU'ers know and care for in the stricken areas will at least be safe, and unharmed.

Thanks for making this information available.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:48 AM

2. Yes. And with all that water moving downstream now,

with more to come.

Where effective collective social services are useful.

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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 01:05 AM

4. Sad realizing they'll be seeing it again. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 12:31 PM

3. It's also a study in contrasts as far as public works.

In Paraguay, where the river crested at 7.82 meters (26 feet), there are 200,000 evacuees. http://www.laprensagrafica.com/2014/06/27/paraguay-200000-evacuados-por-inundaciones

In Argentina, where the river crested at 15.86 meters (52 feet), there are 20,000 evacuees.

The potential affected population was similar in both countries. And both countries have extensive, low-lying shores along the Paraná, Paraguay, and Uruguay rivers; but whereas levees and drainage systems protect most of those communities on the Argentine side, Paraguay for the most part lacks these - even along the capital, Asunción.

It would have been even worse in Paraguay had it not been for Itaipú and Yacyretá dams - built by Brazil and Argentina, respectively, and two of the largest in the world.

The key to prevent future tragedies of this scale, given that climate change will probably make torrential rains more common, is effective zoning laws (banning people from building too close to certain river shores) and, above all, public works.

That's what FDR understood, and today there are 50 million people or more in the U.S. (mainly in the South) who are reasonably safe from catastrophic flooding thanks to him.

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Response to forest444 (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 01:25 AM

5. I never heard there was a Yacyretá dam. Had to look for a photo. It IS enormous, like the other one.

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Yacyretá dam



Itaipú dam [/center]
Amazing.

We need FDR back, over and over again. What a shame the Republicans realized how people love Presidents who actually help the country, and would re-elect them endlessly, and it drove them to pass legislation which would never allow a President to be elected 4 times, as FDR was, until he died. They knew then, and know now, people would NEVER want a Republican in the White House repeatedly, as they did FDR. All they've got is greed and filthy behavior, and violence.

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