There has not been much attention paid to this corner of South America in recent weeks, but northwestern Uruguay has been savaged by flooding this month. Persistent rain in late May resulted in the departments (akin to counties or provinces) of Artigas Salto, and Paysandú being overwhelmed. The BBC has reported that 3,500 were evacuated across the region earlier this month as the Uruguay River crested.

Flooding has become routine in Uruguay and its neighbors. In late 2015, over 150,000 people in Uruguay as well as Argentina and Brazil were forced to leave their homes.

The country’s struggles with climate change come at a time when the company has been a notable clean energy leader, considering only 3 million people call Uruguay home. Investments in solar and especially wind power have added to the country’s success in reducing its carbon emissions significantly in recent years.

So far there has been little international focus to help out this progressive country, though the country’s football hero, Luis Sanchez, has reportedly been generous with his hometown of Salto.

Image credit of Porto Maua Floods from the River Uruguay, 01 June 2017: Vilson Winkler


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