Dangerous landslides sweep away homes in Venezuela

By Rek Hanibal Published on October 10, 2022
Dangerous landslides sweep away homes in Venezuela

At least 22 people have been reported dead, and 52 are missing after the torrential rainfall caused by the La Niña weather pattern.

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez visited one of the worst-affected areas on Sunday. Rescue services are working to find those still missing, she said. 

President Nicolas Maduro described the situation as "difficult and painful". 

About 1,000 emergency personnel were taking part in search and rescue operations, deputy civil protection minister Carlos Perez Ampueda added.

The landslides happened after the El Pato river burst its banks, and the resulting floodwaters swept away several houses and shops. 

Carmen Melendez, a 55-year-old local, told AFP: "The village is lost. Las Tejerias is lost."

Las Tejerias,  some 67km (42 miles) from Caracas, has been hit the hardest in Venezuela by this year's La Niña weather pattern.

La Niña is a naturally-occurring event, which involves a cooling of the Pacific Ocean and usually brings wetter conditions to Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Rek Hanibal

Rek Hanibal

0 Comment

No comment found. Be the first one to add comment on this article.

Leave a Comment