Paraguay – 10,000 Displaced as River Overflows in Asunción

Authorities in Paraguay said that over 10,000 people from 2,100 families have been displaced by flooding from the Paraguay River in Asunción.

People from the communities of Bañado Norte, Chacarita and Bañado Sur have been displaced. These low-lying areas along the river are regularly affected by flooding.

As of Monday 29 October, 2018, the Paraguay River stood at 5.61 metres in Asunción, 11 cm above critical level of 5.5 metres. Levels of the river have increased from 4.5 metres (alert level) since 12 October. The highest warning level (disaster) is 8 meters.

Further rain and flooding is expected, with more flooding and evacuations likely. Dirección de Meteorología e Hidrología (DHM) said that the river could reach 5.9 metres by 19 November. In December 2015 the river reached over 7 metres, displacing over 50,000 people.

The Paraguay River was at alert level in Fuerte Olimpo, Villeta and Alberdi.

Paraguay river levels, October 2018. Image: Dirección de Meteorología e Hidrología

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 21, 2018
Event
Paraguay, October to November 2018
Date
October 29, 2018
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
Rain in river catchments caused the Paraguay river to rise in Ascuncion. By 29 October around 10,000 people had been evacuated, mostly from communities living in low-lying areas along the river, known to be at flood risk. Further heavy rain from around 01 November caused flash flooding in San Ignacio, in Missiones department, where 300 people were evacuated as of 01 November, 2018. By 21 November the Paraguay River in Asuncion had risen further, and 37,500 people had been evacuated.

Locations

A - Chacarita (Dr. Ricardo Brugada)
B - Bañado Sur
C - Bañado Norte
D - Tacumbú
E - San Ignacio, Misiones
F - Paraguay River, Asunción - River level 5.61 metres
G - Paraguay River, Asunción - River level 5.71 metres
H - Posadas, Misiones Province, Argentina - Rainfall level 93 mm in 24 hours
I - Encarnacion, Paraguay - Rainfall level 69.2 mm in 24 hours
J - Concepcion, Paraguay - Rainfall level 55.8 mm in 24 hours
K - Saltos Del Guaira, Paraguay - Rainfall level 67 mm in 24 hours
L - Iguazu Aero, Argentina - Rainfall level 58 mm in 24 hours
M - Caazapa, Paraguay - Rainfall level 67 mm in 24 hours
N - Pilar, Paraguay - Rainfall level 71.1 mm in 24 hours
O - Asuncion, Paraguay - River level 6 metres

Magnitude

River level
5.61 metres
Paraguay River, Asunción - October 29 to October 29, 2018
DMH Paraguay figures. Critical level is 5.5 metres. Levels of the river have increased from 4.5 metres (alert level) since 12 October. The highest warning level (disaster) is 8 metres.
River level
5.71 metres
Paraguay River, Asunción - November 2 to November 2, 2018
Rainfall level
93 mm in 24 hours
Posadas, Misiones Province, Argentina - October 31 to November 1, 2018
All rainfall figures from WMO
Rainfall level
69.2 mm in 24 hours
Encarnacion, Paraguay - October 31 to November 1, 2018
Rainfall level
55.8 mm in 24 hours
Concepcion, Paraguay - October 31 to November 1, 2018
Rainfall level
67 mm in 24 hours
Saltos Del Guaira, Paraguay - October 31 to November 1, 2018
Rainfall level
58 mm in 24 hours
Iguazu Aero, Argentina - October 31 to November 1, 2018
Rainfall level
67 mm in 24 hours
Caazapa, Paraguay - October 31 to November 1, 2018
Rainfall level
71.1 mm in 24 hours
Pilar, Paraguay - October 31 to November 1, 2018
River level
6 metres
Asuncion, Paraguay - November 21 to November 21, 2018

Damages

Evacuated
37,500
Asunción - October 29 to November 21, 2018
10,000 people had evacuated by 29 October. This increased during the following weeks.
Evacuated
300 people
San Ignacio, Misiones Departmenr - November 1, 2018