The emergency situation will last 120 days in the departments of Treinta y Tres and Rocha; 2,861 people have already had to leave their homes

The Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries of Uruguay declared on Tuesday (May 21, 2024) a state of agricultural emergency due to the storms that hit the country in recent days. The departments of Treinta y Tres and Rocha will be under an agricultural emergency for 120 days. This allowed the use of the Agricultural Emergency Fund to assist producers in the regions. Here is the full statement (PDF – 150 kB, in Spanish).

Em report card released this Wednesday (May 22), Sinae (Uruguay’s National Emergency System) reported that 2,861 people have already been forced to abandon their homes, with 412 being accommodated in reception centers and the rest finding refuge with family or friends. In addition to Rocha and Treinta y Tres, the regions of Paysandú, Salto and Artigas are also being affected by the floods.

In a statement, the ministry explains the need to declare a state of emergency due tothe agricultural and climatic situation in the regions affected by floods in April and May.

Despite the critical situation, the reduction in water levels has reduced the number of people displaced across the country.

Uruguay also went through an agricultural emergency from 2022 to 2023. However, at that time, the country had already declared a state of emergency due to the lack of water that affected the entire national territory.


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