Affected by floods distrust solutions of the Government of Paraguay

The inhabitants of Bañado Sur, one of the areas of Asunción hit by the flooding of the Paraguay River, distrust the Government's solutions to this cyclical problem, which has forced some 2,000 families to leave their homes and the Municipal Board to declare the state of emergency this Wednesday.

For years, the inhabitants of these areas, in the course of the river, listen to different proposals from the different governments, such as the construction of houses or the expansion of the Costanera, as it is known as the river walk that borders the Paraguay River.

None of these initiatives has materialized yet and the neighbors have seen themselves again with water up to their knees and loading their belongings in trucks to relocate to the different shelters scattered around Asunción.

In the process of moving, an activity that has already become routine, several residents of Bañado Sur told Efe that they are already tired of the state promises.

"There is the Costanera, which was going to be done here, with the houses so that it does not get more water, but until now I do not see anything that the Government is helping," Graciela Cubilla told Efe.

Cubilla, 20, had returned home just a few days ago, after leaving the shelter where he was with his family since the last flood.

Now they have returned to pack their things, from clothes to appliances, to start the move back to a shelter in the Saxony neighborhood.

"The water rises and it is deadly, because you see your things how they decompose, you see creatures (children), animals ... From coming and going, material things are broken down and stolen ...", he added.

The last flood of the Paraguay River began just two weeks ago and many of the inhabitants of Bañado, like Graciela Cubillo, have already left their homes because of the water.

In the neighborhood, the changes due to the floods begin to be dealt with normally, after the frequency with which they occur in recent times.

"I live in Bañado, we have been dealing with floods for several years, I have always lived here, but it is being repeated frequently," Hugo Campos, another of the locals, told Efe.

Campos left a year ago in freedom of the Tacumbú prison, in Asunción, and said that "there lives better" than in the shelters that have had to pass since his release because of the floods.

"It is said that some houses will be made for the Bathed, but several years ago that is being said and never, I do not trust, this new president (Mario Abdo Benítez) is a shit," he said.

For the moment, those houses in height have not arrived, although from the Bañado, with the water covering the houses up to a height of half a meter, you can see the new profile of Asunción, with high buildings in the most developed areas of the capital.

Rocío Domínguez does not trust the projects of the State either, and she longs to go to live "far away", "where it is not that low".

"I do not trust, I do not have hope in them, they never help us," he explained.

Like other families, his family has also had to pay the freight from their home to the shelter, since the actions of the National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) and the Army do not always arrive on time.

"The SEN helps us, but now we do not get a truck and we have to see on our own, the people who are in the background and who took all the water there are coming on their own," Domínguez said.

Transport costs range from 100,000 guaranies (about 16 dollars) to 400,000 guaranies (about 65 dollars), high figures for families in which in many cases only one of its members works or who work in informal jobs.

The SEN has about 16 trucks to enter the interior of the Bañados, where they load logs, sheets, mattresses, appliances and even grills for the victims to try to rebuild their lives for as long as they stay in the shelters.

The Municipal Board of Asuncion declared Wednesday the state of emergency due to floods for a period of 90 days.

In the city there are 2,000 displaced families, a figure that reaches 20,000 families throughout the country.


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