At least 25 people have been killed in a landslide in Venezuela’s Aragua state, according to officials. More than 50 people are missing.
After days of heavy rains, the five streams of the Las Tejeras river overflowed, causing a landslide in the Santos Michelena municipality, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said.
As a response to the emergency, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro tweeted Sunday that he had ordered the “maximum deployment” of the interior ministry and security agencies.
A total of more than 1,000 officials from the National Risk Management System and police officers are involved in the search and rescue operation, according to Carlos Pérez, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Risk Management.
Additionally, the president declared three days of national mourning beginning Sunday, “in solidarity with the families affected.”
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- A landslide in Venezuela has killed at least 22 people and 50 others are missing CNN
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- Venezuela floods kill at least 25 after heavy rains Reuters Canada
- At least 22 dead after landslide sweeps through Venezuela town CBS News
- Rain-fueled landslide sweeps through Venezuela town; 22 dead ABC News