Authorities announced that at least 48,500 residents from the country's capital were evacuated on Tuesday night.
The number of evacuees keeps rising, as does the level of the Paraguay River, which reached on Wednesday more than 7 meters high, after a week of heavy rains, reported the National Emergency Office to EFE.
“Floods dispace 27,000 people in Ascuncion.”
People also found shelter in wooden or metal-roofed huts they had to build themselves, a structure that has gradually become more common in Asuncion, including in its historical center, reported La Razon.
Most of the affected people had to abandon their homes, while others remained in the 84 state-run shelters they have been in since they were evacuated in July 2014 after a similar natural disaster.
At that time, 85,000 residents of the capital had to be evacuated, and 200,000 in the entire country.
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