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Flood and landslide in Vargas y Sucre, Venezuela

Wednesday, 01 December 2010

Type of Event:
Floods, Landslide
Location of Event:
Date of Charter Activation:
Charter Requestor:
SIFEM (Sistema Federal de Emergencias)
Project Management:
CENAPRAD (Civil Protection and Disaster Management National Agency of Venezuela)

Description of the event

Days of torrential rain have brought widespread flooding to Venezuela, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 21 people.

A state of emergency has been declared in four states, including the capital, Carcas. Many of the deaths occurred in poor areas of the capital, where landslides have swept away houses built on steep hillsides. The government says at least 5,600 people have been left homeless.

Flights have been disrupted at the main international airport and the road linking it to Carcas has been cut by landslides. Worst hit have been the coastal states of Falcon, Miranda and Vargas, as well as the capital district of Carcas.

Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters, including schools, universities and army barracks.