Major flash flooding in Paraguay’s Itapúa after dam breach

A major flash floodingThe overflowing of the normal confines of a stream or other body of water, or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged. Floods include river (fluvial) floods, flash floods, urban floods, pluvial floods, sewer floods, coastal floods, and glacial lake outburst floods ... event took place in Paraguay’s Itapúa department on April 9, 2017, after an old damA dam is used to regulate the height of water surface or to store water. at the San Benito lake collapsed, breaking the Graneros del Sur roadA road is a thoroughfare, route, or way on land between two places, which has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travel by some conveyance, including a horse, cart, or motor vehicle. Roads consist of one, or sometimes two, roadways (British English: carriageways) each with one or more ... in two. This was just one of three flash floodThe overflowing of the normal confines of a stream or other body of water, or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged. Floods include river (fluvial) floods, flash floods, urban floods, pluvial floods, sewer floods, coastal floods, and glacial lake outburst floods ... events in the south of the country yesterday after heavy rains began on Saturday, April 8.

According to locals, the waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ... levels in San Benito lake were low for 30 years before the recent extremely heavy rains. Authorities said there were no casualties but floodingsee flooding caused major infrastructural damage. It seems the breach occurred as a result of the rupture of the dam, caused by the immense flow of water that fell during the storm. The dam was used by San Benito agricultural school for electricity but was abandoned for a long time.

The Ministry of Public Works and Communications said the people in charge of the dam had to open the floodgate to release the water.

Video courtesy Estefanhy Ramirez

Video courtesy Itapúa en Noticias

Heavy rains in the south of the country caused two more flash flood events.

According to the mayor of the district of Pirapó, Milciades Flores, the overflow of the Pirapó stream on Sunday affected 15 families. 

Flores said the floodsThe overflowing of the normal confines of a stream or other body of water, or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged. Floods include river (fluvial) floods, flash floods, urban floods, pluvial floods, sewer floods, coastal floods, and glacial lake outburst floods ... caused significant damage to riparian cropsA crop is any cultivated plant, fungus, or alga that is harvested for food, clothing, livestock fodder, biofuel, medicine, or other uses. and a number of farm animals were swept away by floodwaters, but there were no human casualties. Locals said the level reached by the stream was historic and affected more than just 15 families.

Video courtesy Itapúa en Noticias

The overflow of the Aguapey stream in the district of Edelira caused traffic chaos, but there was no significant damage reported in the area.

Featured image: Lake San Benito dam breach in Paraguay’s Itapúa department on April 9, 2017. Credit: Estefanhy Ramirez

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