Paraguay

A USAID/OFDA disaster risk management specialist distributes relief supplies to flood-affected communities.
A USAID/OFDA disaster risk management specialist distributes relief supplies to flood-affected communities in Misiones Department, Paraguay.
Pilar Sanz, ADRA Paraguay


Key Developments

Following months of heavy rainfall, flooding affected more than 31,800 families, or approximately 159,000 people, in Paraguay’s Alto Paraguay, Ñeembucú, and Presidente Hayes departments, as well as the cities of Ayolas, Ciudad del Este, Presidente Franco, and Paraguay’s capital Asunción, as of June 10. Flooding caused widespread damage to houses and other buildings, roads, and agricultural production, according to the Government of Paraguay (GoP) National Emergency Secretariat (SEN). SEN collaborated with other GoP authorities and organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to affected populations—including food supplies and emergency shelter—despite the continued rise of water levels on the Paraguay and Paraná rivers, which impeded response efforts. In the flood-affected departments, elevated water levels left many low-lying communities isolated and unable to receive assistance. A USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) disaster risk management specialist was in contact with GoP officials and U.S. Embassy Paraguay. In addition, USAID/OFDA activated a local surge capacity consultant to provide analysis of the situation in flood-affected departments and provide up-to-date information to USAID/OFDA.

On June 9, U.S. Ambassador James H. Thessin declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency for the local procurement and delivery of emergency relief supplies to flood-affected communities.

Background

Paraguay is prone to a variety of natural hazards, particularly seasonal floods and droughts. Since 2004, USAID/OFDA has responded to seven disaster events in Paraguay, including floods, droughts, wildfires, and a yellow fever outbreak.

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Last updated: June 12, 2014

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