Emergency authorities in Uruguay report that severe weather, including strong winds, heavy rain and floods, has affected wide areas of the country over the last few days.
The country has experienced heavy rain since 12 October. Uruguay National Emergency System (SINAE) said that, as of 17 October, the departments worst affected are Canelones, Florida, Durazno, San José and Treinta y Tres.
The are currently over 270 people displaced from their homes, including 112 in Canelones department, 114 in Durazno, 27 in Florida, 16 in Treinta y Tres and 4 in San José. Main highways have been blocked in at least 7 locations and electricity supply interrupted.
The Santa Lucía and Yí rivers are rising and local authorities are monitoring the situation. As of 15 October the Yí River in Durazno was 8.06 m above its normal level, according to SINAE.
Inumet (Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología) reported that between 12 and 13 October, Zapican in Lavalleja recorded 170mm of rain, La Coronilla in Rocha 163 mm and Cerro Colorado in Florida 140 mm.