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