The heavy rains of the last few hours caused a river to overflow in the Baralt municipality of the state of Zulia (west of Venezuela), affecting some 130 families, the mayor of the town, Ramón Bracho, informed EFE this Sunday.
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“Approximately there are 130 families affected almost 100% (…) they have had quite large losses, appliances, kitchens, refrigerators, beds”explained the mayor.
Bracho indicated that with the intense rains that have fallen, the river has risen “a lot” in level, which caused the breakage of the dam.
“The river brought too much water and got into the town, and despite the fact that we have bilge pumps, PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela) also has bilge pumps, they did not have enough to remove all the water,” he added.
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The mayor estimates that in about three or four days they will be able to remove all the water from the town, as long as it does not continue to rain in the area.
On the other hand, the Government of Falcón state (west) reported on Instagram that more than 400 inhabitants were affected by the rainfall, for which they deployed cleaning and channeling teams.
In the state of Mérida (west), the Government indicated on the same social network that a dam was damaged by heavy rains, which dragged plant and rock material, which affected the drinking water service in several sectors of two municipalities in the region. .
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Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Ramón Velásquez, announced on his Twitter account that, after a tour of the coastal state of Sucre (east), he detected 41 road damage.
The rainfall has caused damage of varying intensity in at least 14,000 homes -some multi-family- since April 1, when the period of rainfall began that has included numerous landslides and a balance of 89 deaths.
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