Uruguay – Evacuations After Floods in South

Strong winds, heavy rain and floods affected several departments in southern Uruguay between 17 and 19 March, 2018, causing around 70 people to be evacuated.

Carrasco, near Montevideo, recorded 173 mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 March.

Uruguay’s Sistema Nacional de Emergencias (SINAE) said that at least 20 people were evacuated in the department of Canelones, where flooding affected the towns of Paso Carrasco, Barros Blancos and La Floresta. Emergency service received 345 requests for help due to flooding. All those displaced have since returned to their homes.

The intense rains were accompanied by lightning strikes, strong winds of 60 km/h and hail in some parts of the country,

In Montevideo department there were 300 calls for emergency assistance calls, including around 80 for flooding. Around 15 people were evacuated from their homes in the department.

In the department of San José, 6 people evacuated in Playa Pascual. Eight were evacuated after flooding in Colonia department. In Maldonado, over 20 evacuations were carried out in the city of Maldonado and Piriápolis.

Featured photo: File photo of flooding in Rocha, Uruguay in 2016. Photo by Melissa, used here with permission.

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