A MapAction team is responding to widespread and repeated flooding in western Paraguay attached to a United Nations’ assistance group. The worst floods for more than a decade began in April. They have left thousands of families in scattered rural communities in urgent need of
Heavy rain, which began in March, has caused the Pilcomayo river in Paraguay to overflow; resulting in flooding throughout the country. An estimated 13,000 families have been isolated due to the floods. The main affected areas are: Puerto Casedo, Pinasco (North of the Country), Villa Choferes del Chaco, Tte. Manuel Irala Fernandez, Cruce Pioneros (Central area of the country) and Teniente Esteban Martinez, Cacique Sapo (South of the country).
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated by Sistema Federal de Emergencias (SIFEM) on 30 April 2012.
Since the first trimester of 2009, Paraguay has been facing an extreme cyclical drought. On 11 May, the Paraguayan government declared the departments of Concepcion, Neembucu, Presidente Hayes, Boqueron and Alto Paraguay in a state of