At Least 25 Killed in Venezuela Floods After Heavy Rains: Five minor rivers in central Venezuela overflowed as a result of torrential rains, leaving at least 25 persons dead and 52 missings, Citizen Security Vice President Remigio Ceballos stated in a televised address on Sunday night.
According to Vice President Delcy Rodriguez earlier in the day, the rain on Saturday night carried massive tree trunks and other debris from nearby mountains into the village of Tejerias, which is 40 miles (67 kilometers) southwest of Caracas. This damaged businesses and agriculture.
In just eight hours, according to Rodriguez, a month’s worth of rain fell, and the pumps that run the community’s drinking water system were swept away by the floodwaters. In addition to searching the riverbanks for survivors, military and rescue teams, according to Rodriguez, were given the priority of locating victims who were still buried under mud and boulders across the town.
The vice president announced from a Tejerias street that was underwater, “We have lost lads and girls.” It is tragic what has transpired in the town of Tejerias.
In a tweet, President Nicolas Maduro said that the region had been declared a disaster area and that three days of mourning had been observed. According to Reuters witnesses, the streets of Tejerias, a community of approximately 73,000 people, were lined with boarded-up homes and covered in mud, rocks, and twisted tree branches.
Taxi driver Armando Escalona, 43, claimed that he and his family were unexpectedly caught off guard by the flood waters as they were attending an evangelical church service. He claimed that after briefly hugging his family, he was struck in the head by an unidentified object and went unconscious. He couldn’t find his family when he awoke.
“My wife and my son, who was five, passed away. I am speechless. Everything happened so quickly while we were attending the service,” explained Escalona. The town’s telephone antenna was lost when the waters rose quickly on Saturday at about 6 p.m. ET (1000 GMT), according to 58-year-old vendor and volunteer for a civil defense corps Gustavo Arevalo.
Arevalo described the area in the town’s heart, one of the hardest impacted areas, as “as if dam water had been unleashed.” He made an effort to assist others in “recovering what was left of their enterprises” once the flood waters subsided.
Authorities in charge of search and rescue claim that one of the flooded rivers, the El Pato, washed away a number of residences, businesses, and a butcher shop. In a Sunday tweet, Carlos Perez, the country’s deputy minister for civil protection, stated that 1,000 rescuers were searching the region for victims.
According to Rodriguez, the downpour also caused landslides in three other central states on Sunday morning, although no one was hurt.
▪️Floods killed at least thirteen people in western #Venezuela following a heavy #rainfall that triggered mudslides and caused rivers to overflow.
▪️It is an agricultural area that the other parts of Venezuela rely on. pic.twitter.com/McOsb368uu
— EHA News (@eha_news) August 25, 2021
The deaths bring the overall number of people murdered in recent weeks as a result of torrential rains brought on by the La Nina weather trend to at least 40. Landslides and flooding have occurred in Venezuela.