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Evacuations in Venezuela due to flooding of Orinoco river

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Staff Writer | August 27, 2018
Orinoco flooding
LatAm   35 municipalities in south-western Venezuela are harmed

More than 900 families are being served by the Venezuelan government in the state of Bolívar, in the flood zone of the Orinoco river, said Interior Minister of Justice, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol.

The owner told the press that they are monitoring the affected area, while they activated the regional team responsible for security and defense of the territory, in order to coordinate and monitor the evacuation actions of citizens with higher flood risks.

"We have installed 80 shelters in seven states affected by the rains," said Reverol.

He explained that more than 35 municipalities in south-western Venezuela are harmed and an early warning system was established with the objective of serving families and guaranteeing the supply of supplies and the first needs.

For his part, the governor of the state of Bolivar, Justo Noguera, thanked President Nicolás Maduro and the Civil Protection system for the materials delivered, such as medicines, food, mosquito nets, beds and water.

'We have a collection center with enough material to attend to any contingency that may arise,' he said.

The National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology reported that during this season 36 tropical waves traveled through Venezuela and the passage from 60 to 65 low pressures is forecast until the end of 2018.


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