Heavy rainfall in Venezuela makes thousands of people homeless

Dec 08, 2011 12:00 AM

Two people have died and thousands of people have lost their homes in Venezuela, after heavy rainfall hit different regions of the country causing massive landslides.
Almost 2,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to the landslides during the past days, which also killed two people in the Capital Caracas.

Authorities are struggling to contain the emergency. Failures in superficial public transport and the underground network brought the capital city to a standstill.
At least four states have been declared on yellow alert requiring authorities to evacuate citizen from their homes and move them to shelters.

The northern Vargas State, located minutes away from Caracas, is the area where rainfalls caused the worst natural disaster in Venezuelan recorded history in December 1999.
Although the number of deaths remains a mystery, it is estimated that between 10,000 and 30,000 people perished. Since then, rain has become a source of panic for many Venezuelans.

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