3 killed in Venezuela river overflow

At least 3 people died as a result of the river overflowing In the state of Aragua (centre), Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported on Monday due to the rains recorded in the last hours in the city of Maracay, the capital of that region, about 120 kilometers from Caracas. “They inform me that the damage at El Castaño in Maracay was strong. They inform me that there were already three dead. It was also a mudslide from the mountain,” the city mayor said. Also in Aragua, in Las Tejerías, where a landslide nine days ago killed 54 people.

Maduro reiterated that he will go to the area, about 50 minutes from Las Tejerías. strengthen the response to this new event. “There’s a lot going on in this part of Aragua, the existence of cities and towns on the edge of the mountains (…) Aragua has been hit hard by these rains, tropical waves,” he said. Minutes later, multi-state channel Telesur reported that the president had arrived in El Castaño, accompanied by vice president Delcy Rodriguez and other officials.

In place, Maduro got 300 soldiers to start the recovery and support the work He has asked nearby states to mobilize military units in the affected areas and to add assistance from the authorities. “We have to move troops from other places (…) Let’s not neglect Las Tejerías, these are two war fronts, two disastrous fronts,” the president said during his tour of El Castaño. Numerous photos and videos are circulating on social networks showing some of the damage this overflow has caused, including flooded houses, water-driven vehicles and trees.

54 dead already by landslide

Those who lost their lives due to the landslide that occurred in Venezuela last week up to 54, four more than in the last official report provided on Friday, according to Maduro, who said eight people are still missing and searches are ongoing. The President announced the approval of “an economic fund for Las Tejerías”, with which they will finance the restoration of the city. “Today I approved a special economic fund for Las Tejerías without protocol, without intermediaries, without papers. We are going with this special economic fund to finance the comprehensive recovery of Tejerías,” he said.

Likewise, he urged the country’s businessmen and bankers to “do their part” to support work in the devastated population about 70 kilometers from Caracas, noting the future of international resources for rescue efforts. “We moved forward. I say we went from 1 to 10 to 3. So much to clean, so much to organize“, stressed the president, noting that there are 75 machines that clean the debris and sediment in the area.

Regarding utilities, Maduro said electricity was recovered “almost 100%” and water “almost” 80%. It also reported that although they will continue to work on the restoration of schools in the region, conditions exist for “the resumption of classes for the children and youth of Tejerías next Wednesday.”

Source: Informacion


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