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18 May 2000 description

Geneva, 18 May 2000
Dear Colleagues,

Four months after the tragedy Venezuela continues its struggle to overcome the grim consequences of the 1999 floods with the affected population still facing uncertainty. Those who were resettled in other parts of the country have begun to return to their former homes (close to Caracas) occupying buildings or looking for shelter with their relatives without support from the official programs. These people have been driven back by unemployment and the negative consequences of displacement.