Uruguay – Evacuations in Artigas After River Overflows

Around 1,700 people evacuated their homes in the city of Artigas, Uruguay, after the Quaraí river overflowed last week.

Heavy rain fell in the departments of Rivera and Artigas between 09 and 10 April. Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología (INUMET) recorded 225 mm of rain in 24 hours in Rivera. Over 150 mm of rain was recorded in at least 9 locations across the two departments during the same period. INUMET said that many areas recorded more rain in 24 hours than would normally be seen for the whole of April.

By 13 April, levels of the Quaraí river had reached 8.8 metres, according to official figures. Uruguay’s National Emergencies System (SINAE) say that local measurements suggest the river reached a maximum 12.85 meters.

As of 13 April, 2017, the total number of people displaced in that department stood at 1,675. Of this total, 645 were evacuated and 1,030 self-evacuated. Those evacuated people were temporarily housed in 16 shelters where they received comprehensive care and provisions, according to SINAE.

No injuries or fatalities were reported. By 17 April almost all of the displaced had been able to return home. However, at least 40 people remain homeless after their houses were damaged by the flooding and are now uninhabitable.

Flood summary

Last updated: April 19, 2017
Event
Rivera and Artigas Departments, Uruguay, April 2017
Date
April 9 to April 19, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Artigas
B - Rivera

Magnitude

Rainfall level
225 mm in 24 hours
Rivera - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
192 mm in 24 hours
Colonia Rivera, Artigas - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
187 mm in 24 hours
Artigas - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
185 mm in 24 hours
Paso Ataques, Rivera - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
180 mm in 24 hours
Guayubira, Artigas - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
178 mm in 24 hours
Pintado Grande, Artigas - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
175 mm in 24 hours
Javier de Viana, Artigas - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
165 mm in 24 hours
Estación Ataques, Rivera - April 9 to April 10, 2017
Rainfall level
155 mm in 24 hours
Vichadero, Rivera - April 9 to April 10, 2017
River level
8.8 metres
Quaraí River, Artigas - April 13 to April 13, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
1,700
Artigas - April 10 to April 19, 2017
Evacuated
400 people
Rivera - April 10 to April 14, 2017
Buildings destroyed
10 buildings
Artigas - April 10 to April 19, 2017