UNICEF Paraguay Floods Humanitarian Situation Report No.2, 15 May 2019

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 15 May 2019


• As of 14 May, authorities estimate that over 62,000 families are in need of assistance due to the floods that affected a large part of Paraguay's population over the past week, mainly in Ñeembucú, Presidente Hayes, Alto Paraguay, Concepción, Capital (Asunción), Misiones, San Pedro and Central departments.

• Departmental-level Emergency declarations have been issued in eight departments and in the Capital, however, a National Emergency has not been formally declared. The National Emergency Secretariat continues supporting the local authorities responding to the emergency (Emergency Operation Centres-COEs).

• UNICEF deployed field missions to Ñeembucú and affected locations in Asunción to provide support that will initially benefit 262 families, a wider reach is intended.

• UNICEF and partners are conducting psychosocial support activities reaching approximately 380 children and adolescents living in shelters in Pilar city (Ñeembucú department).

• The lack of disaggregated data and difficult access to affected areas due to road closures remain as the main challenges for the response.


62,119 Estimated No. of families in need of assistance (Source: National Emergency Secretariat - SEN, as of 14 May) Data regarding number of people and children in need is still being consolidated.

16 Flood-related deaths reported since April 2019 (Source: National Bureau of Health Surveillance)

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

TheNational Emergency Secretariat(SEN) reports that 62,119 families have been affected by floods in nine departments of Paraguay: Presidente Hayes, Central, San Pedro, Concepción, Cordillera, Capital, Ñeembucú, Boquerón and Alto Paraguay.Authorities indicate that Alto Paraguay, Central andÑeembucú are the most affected departments in addition to the national capital Asunción. 1 Detailed and disaggregated information of the situation and needs at departmentlevel is not yet available.
According to preliminary reports collected by UNICEF as of 14 May, the following is a summary of the situation in the affected areas.