At least 20 people have died after heavy rains that caused mudslides, rivers to overflow, and floods in western Venezuela, a presidential representative said.
“Today, it became known that [a total of] 20 people died… They are all identified,” Jehyson Guzman, a presidential representative, said.
According to state governor Ramon Guevara, more than 1,200 homes were destroyed, and 17 people were still missing as rescue workers searched the wreckage.
It added that the authorities were working to restore telephone service in some areas.
Images shared on social media showed cars being swept down streets, mudslides that left boulders strewn across roads, and buildings and businesses filled with mud.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministry has extended its condolences to the families of those who lost their lives due to the flooding.
“We extend our condolences to the friendly people and government of Venezuela and to the families of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
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