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UNDRO 85/2799

VENEZUELA - FLOODS
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
9 DECEMBER 1985

1. SEVERE FLOODING CAUSED BY HEAVY RAINS AND RESULTING IN LANDSLIDES AND THE OVERFLOWING OF RIVERS MADE MORE THAN 15,000 PEOPLE HOMELESS THROUGHOUT VENEZUELA DURING THE PAST WEEK. MOST CRITICALLY AFFECTED AREAS ARE CARACAS AND COASTAL DISTRICTS NEAR MOUNT AVILA. HOWEVER EVACUATIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN LOW-LYING AREAS OF THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THE DANGER OF RESERVOIRS OVERFLOWING IS APPARENT.