Death Toll From Venezuela Landslide Rose To 36
CARACAS, Oct 11 (NNN-ABN) – The weekend landslide in Venezuela’s north central state of Aragua, has killed 36 by yesterday afternoon, with 56 persons still missing, Minister for Internal Relations, Justice, and Peace, Remigio Ceballos, said.
The Venezuelan government has distributed 300 tonnes of food and water in the affected area, he said, adding that, more than 3,000 members of the police and fire departments, the Civil Protection agency and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces have been deployed, to help with the recovery efforts.
Earlier, Vice President, Delcy Rodriguez, said that, 317 homes have been completely destroyed and 757 damaged in the town of Las Tejerias, where the tragedy occurred.
While electricity has been restored, potable water service is still out of order, she said.