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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Floods and landslides in Venezuela

MACUTO, Venezuela ( Associated Press) – Venezuelan authorities announced Friday that nearly 14,000 families have been affected by four weeks of heavy rains, floods and landslides in the South American country.

The Minister of Internal Relations, Admiral-in-Chief Remigio Ceballos, announced that 199 out of 335 municipalities have been affected and that 965 families have been moved to shelters. According to official figures, around 24,000 homes have suffered moderate to severe damage.

Some areas of the Venezuelan capital and neighboring coastal state of La Guerra have also been affected, where residents still tremble as they remember the floods and landslides that killed 6,000 to 10,000 people in 1999.

“These were very difficult hours because most of the residents of this building have survived the tragedy of 1999,” Felipe Corso Nez, 59, told the Associated Press, noting that fortunately the riverbank, which runs alongside the building where his Mom lives, was recently cleaned. However, he said, the strong current of water collapsed one of the walls of the building and mud covered at least ten vehicles and swimming pools in other areas of the building.

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Officials remain vigilant and attend to the neighborhoods of La Guerra, especially those around Macuto and Carabalda, which were devastated by avalanche in 1999.

The governor said that no deaths or disappearances were reported as a result of the overflow of the San Julian de Carabalda River, which flows down the mountain range, among other water streams in the nearby Macuto sector, an area where rain is abundant. quantity, said governor La Guerra, José Alejandro Terran, in statements broadcast by state television. Three buildings have been evacuated due to the flood.

The National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology reported that precipitation in October was 60% higher than historic levels in Venezuela for the tenth month of the year.

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At least 36 hours of torrential rain are expected as a result of the passage of Tropical Wave 49 off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, causing rain, flooding and material damage in 14 of 23 states.

According to statistics, rains in Venezuela have killed at least 61 people in October, 54 of them in an October 8 avalanche in Las Tejerias de Santos Michelena, an agro-industrial municipality in Aragua state, about 87 from Caracas. kilometers to the south-west. Officer.

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