Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 10 in South America

December 28, 2015 12:27 am

Asuncion (AFP) – Mudslides have killed at least four people in Brazil, one of several South American countries where torrential rains and flooding now have claimed at least 10 lives, officials said on Sunday.

The epic rainfall also has driven 160,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, said officials.

Authorities said fatalities from the current violent weather include two deaths in Argentina and four in Paraguay.

The director of Paraguay’s weather service, Julian Baez, said his nation has been deluged by the precipitation, which so far shows no signs of letting up.

“The Paraguay River has swollen almost to eight meters. Not even the most dramatic forecasts called for that in December,” Baez told a briefing.

 

 

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