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Tens of thousands flee South American floods

Severe floods around the area bordering Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have forced around 160,000 people from their homes.Additionally, at least eight deaths have also been reported across the four countries.

Four people died in Paraguay where the level of the Paraguay River, which flows through Asuncion reached a level of 7.82 metres above its normal height. Power supplies were cut off in 125,000 homes across the country.Asuncion recorded 50 mm of rain on Christmas Day, exactly a third of its December average of 150 mm.

Meanwhile, just 114 km to the southwest, Formosa in Argentina had 94 mm of rain during the same period.