After the worst floods in 48 years, the Uruguayan government is requesting assistance from the United Nations. A state of emergency has been declared by the parliament. Seven of the country’s 19 departments (provinces) have been affected. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and thousands of houses and public infrastructures have suffered damages, which in some cases have been severe. Close to 30,000 people have been left without access to drinking water. In Durazno, the Yi River swelled to 14 metres above its normal level, and most of the city is underwater.