Every year, the Rio Paraguay floods for months at a time, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to move from the flood-plain barrios of the capital of Asuncion into makeshift shacks in the parks and alleys higher up in the city. These refugee camps have no running water and limited bathroom access. This yearly catastrophe is disruptive to work, school, health, and social continuity for all the families involved. 

As of January 2016, more than 65,000 people remained displaced, of which approximately 41,000 were still residing in temporary shelters in Asuncion. Every year since then, the situation has gotten worse, although there are no official government numbers.

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