Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 10 in South America

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ASUNCION: Mudslides have killed at least four people in Brazil, one of several South American countries where torrential rains and flooding now have claimed at least 10 lives, officials said on Sunday. The epic rainfall also has driven 160,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, said officials. Authorities said fatalities from the current violent weather include two deaths in Argentina and four in Paraguay. “The Paraguay River has swollen almost to eight meters. Not even the most dramatic forecasts called for that in December,” the director of Paraguay’s weather service, Julian Baez told a briefing. If rains continue to the north as forecasters expect, the flood levels could tie or pass their record nine meters in 1983, when the capital’s busy port area was under water, Baez warned.

AFP

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