Venezuelan town is swept by a rain-fuelled landslide
After the mud, rocks, and debris poured through Las Tejerias, central Venezuela, at least 22 people died.
A landslide caused by flooding and days’ worth of torrential rain ravaged a central Venezuelan town, killing at least 22 people.
Residents of Las Tejerias, in the municipality of Santos Michelena, had only seconds to escape danger late Saturday night when mud, rocks, and trees tore through their streets and homes. The agro-industrial town is located in Aragua state (87km/54 miles southwest of Caracas capital).
She said there was a large landslide in Las Tejerias’ central area, where five streams had overflowed. “We have already discovered 22 bodies; there are more missing than 52.”
Rodriguez stated that “there are still people trapped in the walled-in.” Rodriguez said, “We are trying to rescue them, to save them alive.”
She stated that shelters would be established for those who have lost their homes.
The majority of houses were swept away higher up on the mountainside. This included the homes of Evangelical Christians who were praying at the time the landslide struck, according to Carmen Teresa Chirinos (a Las Tejerias resident). In front of the destroyed homes and businesses, families cried together.
Chirinos stated that “many people are missing”.
Just hours earlier, Major General Carlos Perez Ampueda (the vice minister for risk management and civil defense), had tweeted that several people were missing from the El Beisbol or La Agotada areas in the northern part of the town. The landslide caused damage to dozens of homes.
Perez Ampueda stated that rescuers were using drones and trained dogs to conduct search operations. Heavy machinery and workers were used to remove road debris to restore the electricity and water supply.
Luis Fuentes, who opened the restaurant two years ago, said that many families have lost their homes and that he, as a businessman lost his pizzeria. “Look, what do I have?”
Aragua Govermpr Karina Carpio stated that flood waters “terribly affected 21 sectors” in Las Tejerias. This is the capital of Santos Michelena, which has approximately 54,000 residents.
Over the past week, torrential rains caused flooding in 11 states of Venezuela.
President Nicolas Maduro stated that 20,000 officials, including rescuers, were deployed to the affected areas.
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