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21 Dec 2000 description
report DisasterRelief

Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org
CARACAS, Venezuela - It's not so much the dark clouds - or even the pelting rain on her flimsy metal roof. That alone would be enough to bring back frightening memories for most victims of last year's mudslides in Venezuela. For 40-year-old Carmen Alvarez, it's the smell of mud that slowly saturates the air, filling her nostrils with the musty scent of soggy earth and eventually becoming so overbearing that she can no longer maintain a brave front for her children.

18 Dec 2000 description
report DisasterRelief

Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org, with news reports

27 Nov 2000 description
report UN General Assembly

Continuing its debate on strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, the General Assembly this afternoon adopted, without a vote, a resolution on international cooperation and coordination for the human and ecological rehabilitation and economic development of the Semipalatinsk region (Kazakhstan). By the terms of that text, it stressed the need for extra efforts in solving problems with regard to the region and its population.

22 Nov 2000 description
report DisasterRelief

Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, DisasterRelief.org, with news reports
Nearly a year after floods and mudslides devastated the Venezuelan coastal state of Vargas and parts of the capital, Caracas, disaster victims have braced for a possible repeat. Torrential rains and mudslides that left at least three people dead and more than 2,000 homeless have unleashed fears of another mournful Christmas season.

21 Nov 2000 description

Church World Service is the Relief and Development Agency of the 35 member
denominations of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A

20 Nov 2000 description

Torrential rains have lashed the Venezuelan coastal state of Vargas, leaving three people dead and forcing the evacuation of thousands. Nearly 3,000 people were left homeless and heavy losses in agriculture and damage to communication routes have been reported.

19 Nov 2000 description

By Ana Isabel Martinez

VUELTA DEL CEDRO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Nelson Sanchez left his shack carrying his sick brother in his arms, braving torrential flooding to search for a doctor.

Minutes later he was dead.

Neighbors in this dirt-poor Venezuelan shanty town on the outskirts of Caracas say 22-year-old Nelson was swept away last Sunday by a surge in the flood waters that had turned Vuelta de Cedro's stream into a raging torrent.

''This is the second time this has happened to me,'' wept his mother Vilma Montilla, 40.

Devastating mudslides last December …

17 Nov 2000 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0214
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Venezuela - Floods

16 Nov 2000 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0212
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Venezuela - Floods

16 Nov 2000 description

Caracas (dpa) - After five days of severe storms, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has declared a state of emergency in several states and the capital and Thursday cancelled an overseas trip.

Heavy rains and flooding since Sunday had left at least two people dead and 7,500 homeless.

Dozens of houses, cars and trees have been destroyed and swept away in several communities by floodwaves and mudslides, media reports said.

The road link between Caracas and the international airport in Vargas state was virtually impassable.

15 Nov 2000 description
report World Vision

The night of Sunday, November 12, 2000 the state of Vargas was hit again by heavy rains. These rains forced over 400 families from their homes, exacerbating the crisis caused by the December 1999 flooding. These families are being relocated in centers of refuge in the state of Vargas, as relocating them out of the state is not possible due to the pressure still exerted on the states by the December 1999 massive relocation plan.

15 Nov 2000 description

By Magdalena Morales

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared a state of emergency in nine flood-stricken northern states Wednesday, after days of torrential rains left two people dead and more than two thousand homeless.

Chavez suspended a trip to Central America at the last minute after seeing the extent of damage in the worst-hit state of Vargas. Up to 30,000 people were killed by devastating mudslides last December in this rugged coastal state.

''There is no reason for terror or panic. But alert?