November 29, 2022

At least 22 dead and more than 50 missing after floods in Aragua state, Venezuela

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(CNN Spanish) — At least 22 people have died and more than 50 are missing after a landslide caused by the overflow of five streams in Las Tejerías, Aragua state of Venezuela, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez reported this Sunday in a link with state television VTV.

In Twitter, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said that he had ordered the “maximum deployment” of the Social Cabinet and the security agencies to deal with the emergency. Maduro declared three days of national mourning starting Sunday, “in solidarity with the affected families,” according to his tweet.

Rescuers and residents search through the rubble of destroyed houses for victims or survivors of a landslide during heavy rains in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Carlos Pérez, Vice Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection, assured that more than 1,000 officials of the National Risk Management System and police officers participate in the search and rescue plan in the Santos Michelena municipality, due to the overflow of the Quebrada Los Patos after days of continuous rains.

A rescuer looks at a motorcycle dragged into a house by the landslide. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images

For her part, the governor of Aragua, Karina Carpio, communicated on Twitter that 21 sectors in Santos Michelena were affected by heavy rainfall. She added that houses have been destroyed, trees have fallen, 15 businesses have reported damage, and the electrical system has been suspended.

Residents search for their missing relatives in the rubble of a destroyed house. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

A resident searches for his missing relatives in the rubble of a house destroyed by a landslide during heavy rains in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Residents remain on top of a semi-buried vehicle as rescuers search for their missing family members. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images





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