Residents of the Bañados de Asunción areas of the capital Asunción are holding a march in the city on Wednesday, October 24, to demand the government take action to protect the riverside area from flooding. Demonstrators will gather at various points in the city and converge on the Junta Municipalidad building (Asuncion Municipal Board). Associated traffic disruptions are likely and clashes between demonstrators and police cannot be ruled out.
Flooding has been a long-standing grievance for residences of the Bañados de Asunción, which are located along the Paraguay River and are regularly inundated, in large part due to inefficient drainage systems. Flooding in Asunción in late 2015/early 2016 forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, many of whom are still not able to return. Levels of the Paraguay River are currently above the critical 5.5-m (18-ft) mark.
Individuals in Asunción are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor weather forecasts, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders) in the event of a flood risk.
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