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Thousands flee floods in World Cup host history

SAO PAULO (AP) - Floods have killed nine people and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes while swelling rivers to record levels in southern Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Argentina, authorities said Tuesday, but so far they have not affected preparations for soccer's World Cup.

The civil defense department in Brazil's Parana state said that 132 cities have been flooded there, including the state capital of Curitiba that will host four World Cup games.

It said 13,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to torrential rains upstream.

Curitiba City Hall spokesman Alvaro Borba said the Arena da Baixada stadium, the training center, hotels and tourist sites are nowhere near the Borigui river that overflowed its banks. He said the Spanish national team has been training normally and forecasters said rains are not expected when the stadium hosts its first Cup encounter on June 16, when Iran meets Nigeria.

Other teams playing in the city are Iran, Honduras, Ecuador, Australia, Algeria and Russia.

The torrential rainfalls of recent days also have caused widespread flooding in Argentina and Paraguay, where officials said about 100,000 people had been forced to evacuate.

The Iguazu and Parana rivers that Brazil shares with Paraguay and Argentina rose to historic levels, forcing authorities to open two major hydroelectric dams above the world-renowned Iguazu Falls, where the water flow increased nearly 30-fold, from 1,500 cubic meters per second to 43,000 meters per second, topping the previous record of 36,000 set in 1992.

The park's viewing areas were closed to tourists and employees removed walkways that would otherwise be destroyed. On the Brazil side, the rising water swallowed the cement viewing platform where thousands of tourists usually take selfies below the "Garganta del Diablo," or Devil's Throat.

Floodgates also had to be opened to avoid damaging the Yacreta and Itaipu hydroelectric dams that Paraguay shares with Argentina and Brazil upstream from the triple border. Hundreds of riverside homes were flooded, particularly in and around Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, which lies directly downstream from the falls.

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jmbyes June 10 2014 at 6:17 PM

In all of my experiences, people from Brazil are the most polite and appreciative that I have met. I work in a Hotel in southeast Florida and I have met thousands of Brazilians. I really sympathize with them.

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Peter June 10 2014 at 7:15 PM

LOL Boy are there some loonies on here or what ? So many ignorant people. Just a heads up beavus and buttheads, Brazil is one of the wonders of the earth. Without it the world would be a very different place

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no1chef99david Peter June 10 2014 at 9:15 PM

yea we would have a lot less drugs being shipped from there

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mauymario no1chef99david June 10 2014 at 10:32 PM

It not the person that sells something the bad person its the idiot that buys it.

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riverboy19 Peter June 10 2014 at 10:45 PM

I will smoke a joint to that, yess nicee

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queencelt June 10 2014 at 6:03 PM

I have to wonder what kind of people make bad jokes about a natural disaster.

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riverboy19 queencelt June 10 2014 at 10:35 PM

the republicans and democrats..,

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rita queencelt June 11 2014 at 12:14 AM


So you are saying that if people acted like they were sympathetic and humbled themselves that would stop the flooding?

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Mark June 10 2014 at 7:12 PM

the three things we know for sure:

we know that this rain is being cause by 'climate change'
we know if there had been no rain it too would have been caused by 'climate change'
we know if this type of rain is common or if it is uncommon - it is being caused by climate change.

please donate today - no matter what happens - its evidence climate change is destroying the planet (hey, I'm just beating the nutjobs to the claim)

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pocomundo June 10 2014 at 7:55 PM

Brazil is super blessed with friendly folk and natural beauty. The titles for this article are bonkers. What does "Thousands Flee Floods in World Cup Host History" mean? Did they want to say city instead of history? The nine people killed (RIP) are not identified if they were in Brazil or Argentina or Paraguay. To my knowledge the games are all played in Brazil. The line on cover read "What this means for soccer teams." The article describes the teams are there and practicing meaning this horrible disaster does not touch the World Cup. HuffPo is so sensationalistic and untrustworthy.

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riverboy19 pocomundo June 10 2014 at 10:58 PM

very true and correct, thank you for sharing.
Zimbabwe boy.

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bigred8690 June 10 2014 at 5:27 PM

If they were man enough, they could play water polo, which is arguably the hardest team sport.

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mad_dawg_1 June 10 2014 at 5:37 PM


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Odens Fist June 10 2014 at 5:47 PM

Don't drink the water.. In fact, don't even touch it..
Gives a new meaning to the phrase "Third World Toilet"

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Larry June 10 2014 at 6:28 PM

Of course, demonstrations, flooding, even riots are not on the minds of the Olympic committee when they choose...only money$$$$

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buzios3 June 10 2014 at 7:43 PM

I wonder what some of you will say when the floods hit us. We are no better then anyone else. Brasil is a wonderful country with lots of good people. It's sad to hear you floks make comments like that.

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riverboy19 buzios3 June 10 2014 at 11:01 PM

another correct post, thank you buzious3, also, all the usa congress knows is wars. like bush the war criminal. love brazil.
from Zimbabwe boy.

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rita buzios3 June 11 2014 at 12:23 AM

buzios3 4 hours ago
"I wonder what some of you will say when the floods hit us. We are no better then anyone else. Brasil is a wonderful country with lots of good people. It's sad to hear you floks make comments like that."

Meanwhile: How wonderful is this statement about Brazil?
Poverty, the work force, substance abuse, and general homelessness in Brazil are just a few of the many influences that affect the lives of street children.

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