A landslide leaves 25 dead and 52 missing in Venezuela

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Rescue teams and volunteers have been working tirelessly since Saturday in the city of Las Tejerías, in the north-central part of the country

Rescue teams continued on Monday to search for 52 missing persons under the swamp from a landslide that devastated a city in north central Venezuela, leaving at least 25 dead. The panorama is bleak in Las Tejerías, state of Aragua, located 52 km from Caracas, being hit by this landslide on Saturday that is happening amid the heavy rains that hit the country.

“He came too fast, he didn’t give anything time,” said Carlos Camejo, 60. “The city was lost, Las Tejerías was lost,” said Carmen Meléndez, 55, who waited for news about Margot Silva, a family member reported missing. gave up. Residents are desperately supporting the rescues, along with authorities, using picks, shovels or whatever they find, AFP found. The work continues even at night, with lights, dogs and drones.

Several meters of mud have swept away homes and businesses in this city, bordered by mountains, which is home to some 54,000 people. Masses of giant trees were swept into the streets in the worst landslide on record in Venezuela this year, with record rainfall peaks. The rise of the river, up to six meters in the structures closest to the riverbed, also dragged along cars, parts of houses and telephone antennas. There is also no electricity.

“We are working to ensure that we can find the people who are still missing, that is our most important task at the moment and that is what we need to focus on,” Interior Minister Remigio Ceballos said in a social media post. . “This is just the beginning,” he added.

The latest official balance, offered by the government, is 25 dead and 52 missing. Another 13 people died in different regions of the country, also as a result of this atypical rainy season. President Nicolás Maduro has declared three days of national mourning for the victims. Meanwhile, two baseball stadiums, the largest in Maracay and Caracas, have been set up as shelters for the victims.

Source: La Verdad

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