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75,000 families evacuated due to Paraguay floods

June 3, 2014

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of 75,000 families living in low-lying areas near the Paraguay River, officials said on Tuesday.

Paraguay weather service director Francisco Rivarola said the heavy rains started in February, with 8.7 inches (221 millimeters) falling on the capital of Asuncion in just one day. The 75,000 flood-hit families are located in areas of Asuncion and small towns along the river, according to Paraguay’s National Emergency Secretariat.

The health and public works ministries have been working to unblock flooded roads and vaccinate children and senior citizens, who are most vulnerable to respiratory illnesses.

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