Flooding worst in 50 years, as 150,000 flee in Sauth America

    Flooding worst in 50 years, as 150,000 flee in Sauth America

    Dec 27, Buenos Aires: More than 150,000 people have been evacuated from Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil due to the worst flooding in 50 years.

    Days of heavy rains brought on by El Nino have caused three major rivers to swell, and authorities have reported at least six weather-related deaths, news reports siad.

    Around 130,000 people have fled their homes in Paraguay alone and a state of emergency is in force.

    In northern Argentina, some 20,000 people have left their homes.

    Dry weather is forecast for the Brazil-Uruguay border region in the next few days, but in Paraguay and Argentina water levels are still expected to rise.

    The Paraguay River in the capital Asuncion, is only 30cm (12in) away from overtopping its banks. Officials warn this could lead to widespread flooding in the area.

    And it could also affect thousands of other people who live by the Paraguay - the country's main river - the authorities said.

    Nearly 200 electricity pylons have been damaged or destroyed by strong winds, causing power cuts.

    Four people have been killed by fallen trees.

    After declaring the state of emergency, President Horacio Cartes said $3.5m (£2.3m) would be immediately available in relief funds for the victims of the flooding.

    The Oslo Times