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28 Aug 2018 description

Top immigration officials from Peru, Colombia and Brazil have been meeting in Bogota for a two day summit to discuss how to cope with the influx

LIMA, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Peru on Tuesday declared a health emergency at its northern border as thousands of Venezuelans, fleeing economic crisis and hunger at home, continued to stream into the country despite tightening entry requirements.

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18 Aug 2018 description

After a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Angry residents of a Brazilian border town, Pacaraima, ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.

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12 Aug 2018 description

More than a million people have arrived in Colombia from Venezuela over the last year and a half, fleeing a severe economic and political crisis

BOGOTA, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Colombia will ask the United Nations to designate a special envoy to coordinate humanitarian aid for the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants flooding into countries around the region, the foreign minister said on Friday.

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14 Jun 2018 description

by Reuters Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:58 GMT

"Clearly while Venezuela's problems in terms of food and health continue, these figures are going to keep growing. We can't think it will end"

BOGOTA, June 13 (Reuters) - More than a million people have left Venezuela to live in Colombia during the last 15 months, with arrivals expected to continue, the Colombian government said on Wednesday, as its socialist neighbor suffers a deep economic crisis.

07 May 2018 description

Monday, 7 May 2018 17:36 GMT

BOGOTA, May 7 (Reuters) - Over 200,000 Venezuelans have registered with Colombian authorities in the first few weeks of a count meant to assess how many undocumented migrants have fled to the Andean country, the Colombian government said on Monday.

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17 Apr 2018 description

BRASILIA, April 13 (Reuters) - Leaders of Brazil's northern state of Roraima on Friday asked the Supreme Court for permission to temporarily close the only land border crossing with neighboring Venezuela to halt the massive and disorderly arrival of refugees.

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28 Feb 2018 description

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Anggy Polanco

MAICAO/CUCUTA, Colombia, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The desert wind whipping their faces, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants lugging heavy suitcases and overstuffed backpacks trudge along the road to the Colombian border town of Maicao beneath the blazing sun.

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12 Dec 2017 description

Countries across Latin America and beyond have received a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship, crime and what critics call an increasingly authoritarian government

By Anthony Boadle

BOA VISTA, Brazil, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

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06 Oct 2017 description

Months of protests interrupted schools, leaving kids holed up at home or exposed to violence

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Venezuelan siblings Jeremias, 8, and Victoria, 3, were in their pajamas and preparing to go to bed when a tear gas canister smashed through their family's kitchen window in early July.

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19 May 2017 description

More than 6,000 Venezuelans cross the border every day to buy food and medicine. Most go back, others stay and look for work, while some resort to begging.

BRASILIA, May 17 (Reuters) - Brazil is concerned about growing numbers of refugees spilling over its border from Venezuela and is creating a plan to deal with a possible mass influx if the crisis in Venezuela worsens, Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Wednesday.

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09 May 2017 description

by Reuters Tuesday, 9 May 2017 17:03 GMT

By Alexandra Ulmer

CARACAS, May 9 (Reuters) - Venezuela's infant mortality rose 30 percent last year, maternal mortality shot up 65 percent and cases of malaria jumped 76 percent, according to government data, sharp increases reflecting how the country's deep economic crisis has hammered at citizens' health.

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07 Nov 2015 description

CARACAS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck mountainous western Venezuela in the early hours of Saturday, knocking out power in some areas, damaging some buildings and triggering rockfalls that killed one man, authorities said.

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27 Aug 2015 description

By Girish Gupta

SAN ANTONIO, Venezuela, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The border bridge is usually choked with motorbikes and U.S. gas guzzling cars, leading into loud and grimy streets where traders hawk wares but smugglers hide theirs.

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13 Apr 2011 description
  • Rebel accusation led Venezuela to break ties last year

  • Bogota, Caracas seek to recover billions in lost trade

BOGOTA, April 12 (Reuters) - Colombian rebels no longer have camps in Venezuela, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, in a sign of greatly improved ties the year after the two countries' spat over the guerrillas raised fears about regional stability.

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06 Dec 2010 description
  • Rains have killed at least 32, uprooted 100,000

    * Chavez ordered authorities to use all available space (Updates figures for displaced, details)

    CARACAS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces have started housing families displaced by floods in tourist hotel rooms following an order by President Hugo Chavez to make use of vacant accommodation, local media said on Monday.

    Heavy rains have killed at least 32 people and forced more than 100,000 from their homes in recent days.

30 Nov 2010 description

30 Nov 2010 22:56:52 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Thousands flee homes in slums and villages

* Rain expected for next three days, landslides feared

* Major oil refineries slowly restarting after blackout

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Thousands of Venezuelans fled their homes on Tuesday after landslides and swollen rivers killed at least 21 people and threatened to cause more damage.

The stormy weather closed most of the OPEC member nation's two largest oil refineries on Monday.

25 Sep 2010 description

26 Sep 2010 02:59:22 GMT

* Tropical depression Matthew moves over Guatemala

* Sugar, coffee crops at risk

* Honduras, Nicaragua spared from path of storm

By Sarah Grainger

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Matthew churned over Guatemala on Saturday, soaking already waterlogged sugar and coffee farms, and the government warned that mudslides could occur in the coming days.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom told people to stay home and urged communities in mountains and near rivers to take shelter inland as fast-moving Matthew looked set to slow and …

16 Nov 2007 description

By Raymond Colitt

BRASILIA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Scores of Indians in the Amazon who traditionally roamed freely in the jungle's thicket are seeking refuge in Brazil from advancing guerrilla fighters, loggers and oil companies.

Indians from several tribes in Peru, Colombia and Venezuela have left behind ancestral grounds to live with distant relatives in Brazil.

16 Feb 2005 description

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Venezuelan rescue workers on Wednesday said they had recovered at least 40 bodies around a remote mountain town hardest hit by floods and mudslides in the nation's western Andes.

Torrential rains have burst river banks and swept away homes, bridges and roads, killing at least 96 people in Venezuela and neighboring Colombia in about a week.

In Venezuela's western Merida State, authorities hunted for the missing while supplying food and water to Santa Cruz de Mora, where floods tore through villages and a terminal filled with buses and …

13 Feb 2005 description

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Rescue workers struggled on Saturday to reach remote villages in Venezuela's Andean mountains cut off by torrential rains and landslides that have killed more than 40 people in nearly a week.

In neighboring Colombia, heavy rains triggered flooding and mudslides that killed at least 18 people and forced 22,000 more from their homes in the northeastern part of the country, officials said.

Venezuelan authorities said they had found at least 25 bodies in Santa Cruz de Mora in Merida state and feared many more were dead after rains flooded rivers …