Severe flooding in Uruguay’s northern coastal regions has forced over 2,000 residents from their homes, according to the Uruguayan crisis response agency. Rivers, including the Uruguay River bordering Argentina, overflowed due to heavy rains attributed to the El Niño climate phenomenon. As of October 30, a total of 2,101 people had been displaced across three northern departments.
The rising waters have particularly impacted Paysandú, with 1,326 individuals displaced, most of them self-evacuated to the homes of relatives or friends. In Salto, 163 individuals from 56 families have been relocated to temporary shelters. The situation remains stable and under control, as reported by the National Emergency System (Sinae). The Uruguay River levels are gradually receding in Artigas and Salto while experiencing a minor increase in Paysandú. However, there has been no information provided regarding the state of the Cuareim River, which borders Brazil.
While national routes have not been reported as blocked, the state power company UTE had to conduct 290 service interruptions in Paysandú (134), Salto (96), and Artigas (60) for safety reasons. The crisis has highlighted the resilience of the affected communities as they navigate these challenges and demonstrate unity in the face of adversity.