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Comparada com as futuras migrações provocadas pelas alterações climáticas, a presente crise dos refugiados é uma brincadeira de crianças.
More than 100,000 flee El Niño flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
Worst El Niño in more than 15 years causes several deaths and drives thousands from their homes in border areas of four South American countries
Reuters in Asuncion and Buenos Aires
Sunday 27 December 2015 01.48 GMT
More than 100,000 people evacuated their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Niño, authorities said.
The Paraguayan government declared a state of emergency in Asunción and seven regions of the country. Several people were killed by falling trees, local media reported.
“[The flooding] was directly influenced by the El Niño phenomenon which has intensified the frequency and intensity of rains,” the national emergencies office said.
This year’s El Niño, which is linked to global climate fluctuations, is the worst in more than 15 years, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
“Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and subtropical zones bear the hallmarks of this El Niño,” said WMO chief Michel Jarraud.
In northern Argentina about 20,000 people had to abandon their homes, the government said.
“We are going to have a few complicated months, the consequences will be serious,” said Ricardo Colombi, the governor of the Corrientes region, after flying over the worst-affected areas with the national cabinet chief, Marcos Peña.
Peña said new president, Mauricio Macri, would visit affected areas and intended to make improving infrastructure to mitigate flooding a priority.
In Uruguay more than 9,000 people fled their homes, according to the national emergencies office.
At least four people died in Argentina and Uruguay, according to local media reports. One was reported to have drowned while another was electrocuted by a fallen power cable.