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Argentina and Uruguay have almost 4 thousand people displaced by floods

Almost 4,000 people had to leave their homes in Argentina and Uruguay due to flooding in several cities, following rain and river flooding in recent weeks.

In Uruguay, there are homeless people in nine states on the borders with Brazil, Argentina and other parts of the country. In Argentina, at least 12 municipalities on the borders with Brazil and Uruguay are on evacuation alert.

According to the latest update from Uruguay's National Emergency System, 2,845 people had to leave their homes. The most affected Uruguayan state is Paysandú, on the border with Argentina, where 1,173 people are homeless.

The floods also caused displacement on the border with Brazil, such as in the states of Artigas, Cerro Largo and Rocha, and even in states in the interior of the country.

The government body warns that among the products affected by the floods in the country are soybeans, rice, corn and sugar cane, which are in harvest season, and fruits. Soil flooding could also affect livestock farming and the sowing of wheat, barley and rapeseed scheduled for winter.

In Argentina, 579 people had to be evacuated or leave their homes in Concórdia alone, the city most affected by the floods, in the province of Entre Ríos, on the border with Uruguay. The Armed Forces, firefighters and other organizations work together to rescue affected residents and take them to resettlement centers, according to the city hall.

The city remains on alert for a possible increase in the level of the Uruguay River, which rises on the border between Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. The concern is about an even greater flood south of the Salto Grande Dam, north of Concórdia and on the border with Uruguay.

In the province of Corrientes, which borders Rio Grande do Sul, the floods of the Riachuelo and Uruguay rivers caused flooding in at least six cities. Among the affected municipalities are Paso de los Libres, on the border with Uruguaiana (RS), and Santo Tomé, neighboring São Borja (RS). In total, 400 people were evacuated or left their homes in the province, according to the National System for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection (SINAGIR).

One of those responsible for coordinating the rescues told CNN that there are still no major problems with supply in cities facing flooding due to provincial and national support. “The biggest problem is that the water recedes very slowly. In the last flood, it took between 30 and 45 days for people to return to their homes,” he said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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