Paraguay sends more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Brazil

Paraguay sends more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Brazil
Paraguay sends more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in Brazil

SANTIAGO – The Government of Paraguay reported Wednesday that it sent 40 trucks with more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid — including mattresses, hygiene items and non-perishable products — for those affected by floods in southern Brazil.

“From Paraguay, we send all our support and strength to our Brazilian brothers. Together, we will overcome this situation with solidarity and unity,” Paraguayan President Santiago Peña said in a statement.

In total, 1,000 mattresses, 1,000 blankets, 3,000 units of garbage bags and 500 hygiene kits – with shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and towels – were delivered, in addition to food, blankets and coats. The delivery took place by land, through the Friendship International Bridge, which connects Ciudad del Este – department of Alto Paraná, in Paraguay – with Foz de Iguazú, in the Brazilian state of Paraná.

This is the first official humanitarian aid provided by the government of Paraguay to Brazil – which registers more than 2.3 million people affected by the floods, although Paraguay had previously sent firefighters to support rescue and assistance tasks for the affected populations. .

The strong storms and floods that have hit the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul since the end of April have already left at least 169 dead and fifty missing. There are also more than 800 injured, according to the latest figures released by the state’s Civil Defense.

Likewise, 581,000 people displaced from their homes have been registered; Of those, more than 55,000 still remain in temporary shelters.

The downpours – already one of the worst recent climate tragedies for the South American giant – have also caused millions in material damage: 94.3% of all economic activity in Rio Grande do Sul has been affected, according to the industrial sector data.

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