The heavy rainfall that has troubled the inhabitants of the state of Merida in western Venezuela in recent days has caused severe mudslides and floods. At least 16 people have died, but the death toll could increase even more. The country is in a terrible condition – there is no money to repair the damage.
At least 16 people died in mudslides and floods in the state of Merida in western Venezuela. This region is one of the largest agricultural zones in the country. The cause of the disasters was the rainstorms that have occurred in recent days.
Lots of damage
State Governor Ramon Guevara reported that 17 people are missing and rescuers are still searching the rubble. According to preliminary estimates, over 1,200 buildings have been destroyed.
Water and mud swept cars off the streets and flooded homes. In a few cities, such as Tovar, Bailadores, Zea and Santa Cruz de Mora, there is no electricity and no telephones working because the water has damaged the transformers. Guevara added that neither the state nor the city authorities have sufficient resources to cover all the losses suffered. The authorities of the capital, Caracas, were asked for help in repairing roads, bridges and buildings.
80 firefighters, 60 soldiers of the Civil Defense and several dozen members of the armed forces were sent to help.
Guevara recommended that a humanitarian collection point be set up in the center of Merida. The most necessary things such as food, clean water, clothes and blankets are collected there. Doctors were dispatched to the most affected areas.
On Tuesday night, President Nicolas Maduro said Oil Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami had guaranteed fuel supplies for rescue operations.
– According to the decision of our president, there is a state of emergency in part of the country – said Interior Minister Remigio Ceballos on Wednesday. As he added, this applies to the states of Merida, Tachira, Zulia, Apure, Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro, Monagas and Aragua.
The minister also mentioned that over 54,000 people in 87 municipalities of the country suffer from various natural disasters.
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