Saturday, December 26, 2015

Floods In Paraguay, Argentina And Uruguay Displace Tens Of Thousands

Note that this is a record strong El Niño because of global warming. NPR should have mentioned this, but they get too much funding from fossil fuel companies. El Niños occur every two to seven years, so in themselves would not create record conditions.


Merrit Kennedy
Dec. 25, 2015

Flooding has hit parts of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The hardest-hit country, Paraguay, has declared a state of emergency.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Rio de Janeiro tells our Newscast unit that the flooding has killed five people and displaced 150,000. Here's more from Lourdes:

"In Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, 125,000 homes were without power as electricity distribution centers were knocked out across the country.


The wet weather is being blamed on the El Nino phenomenon, which affects the climate of the whole region. While there are floods in the southern cones, drought has been affecting parts of Colombia, and reservoirs are running dry there."


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