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Termite infestation in Paraguay's presidential palace

Building housing president's office has a termite and bat problem.

By Ed Adamczyk

ASUNCION, Paraguay, May 12 (UPI) -- Termites are eroding the presidential palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, architects say.

The west wing of the iconic Palacio de Lopez, begun in the 1850s and finished in 1892, has been severely damaged, said architect Gustavo Glavinich of the national Public Works Ministry said, adding that other portions of the building have a termite and a bat infestation.

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"They (termites) are damaging the floors and the wooden covers which support some parts of the palace. In 2012 we invested $5 million to save those parts of the palace which house the presidential office, the military cabinet and the ceremonial room," Glavinich added.

Though the office of President Horatio Cartes and other areas have been saved, other parts of the palace remain infested.

Glavinich suggested addressing the infestation immediately, and moving the west wing offices to an annex of the building.

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