A flooded soccer field is seen near the Paraguay river in Asuncion, Paraguay, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno
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Residents of a Paraguayan village that risks being submerged in floodwater were defying authorities' calls to evacuate Thursday as a nearby dike threatened to burst, officials said.The Paraguay River bordering Argentina has broken its banks at various points in recent rainstorms, forcing 130,000 people from their homes.Floods have displaced 170,000 people overall in Paraguay, neighboring Brazil and Argentina, and Uruguay, officials say.Alberdi's mayor, Federico Centurion, said about 50 families were not heeding his calls for them to evacuate.He folded his hands and said he was praying for the dike to hold.Disembarking from a boat in Alberdi with bags of merchandise, she said the water will not burst through the dike.
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