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

On April 4, a tornado with winds between 100 and 150 kilometers per hour struck northern Paraguay, causing significant damage in the department of Concepción, particularly the districts of Horqueta and Loreto. Preliminary information indicated that the severe weather event affected an estimated 20,000 people and resulted in two deaths and total or partial damage to hundreds of homes. The tornado also destroyed agricultural cash crops and damaged electricity lines and water and communications systems. The Directorate of Meteorology and the National Emergency Secretariat of the Government of Paraguay (GoP) assessed tornado-related damage and coordinated support to affected communities.
On April 8, U.S. Ambassador Leslie A. Bassett declared a disaster due to the effects of the tornado. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $50,000 through USAID/Paraguay to the Adventist Development Relief Agency to distribute emergency relief items—such as hygiene kits, bedding and mattresses, food preparation supplies, and fuel—to affected households. In addition, USAID/OFDA activated local surge capacity consultants to provide initial analysis of the situation in Concepción.

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: April 09, 2015

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