Flooding causes up to 7,000 Uruguayans to flee home

13:42, December 04, 2009      

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Flooding from heavy rains has forced nearly 7,000 people to flee their homes in northern Uruguay, the Uruguayan National System of Emergencies (SNE) said on Thursday.

The most affected city is Paysandu, 390 km northwest of Montevideo, with 3,500 evacuees, while almost 2,800 people were evacuated in Salto, some 100km north of Paysandu, due to the overflow of Uruguay River between Uruguay and Argentina.

According to the SNE, the situation in Artigas, 600 km north of Montevideo, is returning to normal with evacuees starting to come home.

In 2007, the worst flooding in 50 years led Uruguayan authorities to declare national disaster and evacuate more than 12,000 people.

Source: Xinhua
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