Nearly 25 thousands people have been affected by flooding in the northwestern province of Chaco, Paraguay. The senate yesterday called a state of emergency due to the growing number of victims.
For three weeks the region has been experiencing more than twice the average rainfall causing the Pilcomayo River to flood in the highly indigenous district. The towns of General Diaz and Lomo Del Plata are among the most effected places in the region.
Today, two people died in General Diaz as they could not reach the hospital due to the floods. Other deaths have been reported, yet details remain unconfirmed.
Outside the towns, the flooding has trapped around 5,000 families who are unable to receive food or medical care, reports Paraguayan daily ABC Colour.
The Chaco district is the most sparsely populated district in Paraguay, home to mainly indigenous tribes and poor families. As the majority of people outside the main cities live in isolated areas, the burst banks of the river are covering the main roads preventing access.
On Wednesday, the Paraguayan government started to use helicopters to airlift victims of the floods, as well as providing aid to other areas.