'Hundred' dead and little hope of finding survivors in Venezuela

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A “hundred” dead and little hope of finding survivors in Venezuela

Rescuers have lost hope of finding the 56 people still missing.

The landslide that occurred is produced Saturday in Las Tejerias (central-north of Venezuela) left a “hundred” dead according to the authorities, the rescuers having Tuesday evening no more hope of finding survivors among the fifty missing .

Forty-three bodies have been recovered and there is still a significant number of missing persons: 56 missing persons. We reach almost a hundred victims who have died in this tragedy, this natural disaster, Venezuelan President Nicoals Maduro said on state television VTV.

The previous balance sheet reported 36 dead and 56 missing. A three-day national mourning was decreed on Sunday.

Tejerias will be reborn from pain, tragedy, disaster and Tejerias will shine again in life, in peace. Forward Tejerias!, added the president, who had made similar remarks on Monday on his way there.

Vice-president Delcy Rodriguez specified that a large part of the city was now supplied with electricity again and that telephone communications were restored.

Some 3,000 rescuers continued to search the site of the mudslide on Tuesday, but were under no illusions. It will be difficult to find people who are still alive, told AFP, on condition of anonymity, a member of the Civil Protection.

Dramatic scenes have taken place. x27; chain. Nathalie Matos, 34, points firefighters to the mud-filled room where she believes her missing 65-year-old mother is.

I know she's there, she said. She was alone [at home]. She called me. She said to me: 'My daughter I am drowning, the water has entered, get me out of here! Take me out! Take me out! Save me!" I tried to call her back, she answered but it was noise…, she continues.

Five firefighters try to clear the mud with shovels. The dog waved here in this area of ​​what used to be the living room and the kitchen. It coincides with the indication given, explains a firefighter.

Despite the efforts, the search is futile. I don't know if I should scream, I don't know if I should run, I don't know if I should cry, despairs Nathalie Matos.

A few meters away, another team works at the site of a house washed away by the flooding river. Neighbors tried to reconstruct a plan of the dwelling to help rescuers.

We are guided by the smell [of decomposing bodies] and today we smelled this smell in several houses, explained a firefighter, also on condition of anonymity.

At the end of the day on Monday, the rescuers were already pessimistic. It's already been two days and if they [the victims] did not die hit by stones and branches carried away by the current, they died of hypothermia, specified a member of the Civil Protection.

Hundreds of loved ones are still looking for signs of the survival of those swept away by the landslide.

Venezuela experienced an uncommon rainy season, which lasted practically all year round due to the La Niña phenomenon. September was a record month for rainfall and in recent days torrential rains, attributed in part to the passage of Hurricane Julia further north, have battered the country. In the past three weeks, 13 people have died elsewhere in the country due to flooding or landslides.

In Las Tejerias it rained in eight hours what& #x27;it rains in a month, the vice-president said on Sunday.

The river, which rose more than six meters in level, swept away everything in its path: trees, rocks, cars, lampposts, telephone towers and entire sections of houses, many of which were built in risk areas. The city of 50,000 people spills over the sides of the mountains.

The Las Tejerias landslide is Venezuela's worst natural disaster since the turn of the century. In 1999, a major landslide in the state of Vargas, in the north of the country, killed some 10,000The landslide that occurred on Saturday in Las Tejerias (central-north Venezuela) killed a hundred dead according to the authorities, the rescuers having Tuesday evening no longer hope of finding survivors among the fifty or so missing.

The authorities have set up shelters for disaster victims in Maracay, capital of Aragua, the state where Las Tejerias is located, and announced the distribution of 300 tons of food. Collection centers have also been set up across the country to collect donations.

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