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20 May 2005 description

Caracas (dpa) - Heavy rainfall in Venezuela has killed five people and forced 900 others from their homes, press reports said Friday.

El Nacional newspaper said a young man was electrocuted and another dragged away by a torrent of water in the state of Zulia.

17 Feb 2005 description

Bogota (dpa) - Colombian rescue squads on Thursday found another 14 bodies of people killed by flooding during two weeks of rain in the Andes, driving up the total death toll in Colombia and Venezuela to 116.

The director of the Red Cross in northeastern Santander province, Duberney Pabon, said the bodies of the farmers were found in a river near the town of Lebrija. He said that with the 14 deaths, the number of lives claimed by the rains in Colombia rose to 55.

15 Feb 2005 description

Caracas/Bogota (dpa) - Heavy rains in Venezuela and neighbouring Colombia have claimed at least 85 lives and forced tens of thousands from their homes, officials said Monday.

The rains, affecting the Andes region since February 8 and destroying roads and bridges, also left dozens of people missing in Venezuela and Colombia, officials said.

Various parts of the state of Merida remained without electricity and drinking water. Officials declared a health alert fearing the breakout of epidemics in flooded areas.

14 Feb 2005 description

Caracas/Bogota (dpa) - Heavy rains in Venezuela and neighbouring Colombia have claimed at least 70 lives and forced tens of thousands from their homes, officials said Monday.

The rains, affecting the Andes region since February 8 and destroying roads and bridges, also left about 200 people missing in Venezuela and Colombia, officials said.

The heavy rain affecting the west and south-west of Venezuela prompted authorities to declare an emergency in seven states. The rain has tapered off in Venezuela but continued in some parts of Colombia.

08 Sep 2004 description

Mexico City (dpa) - Hurricane Ivan churned Wednesday past Venezuela with winds of 220 kilometres per hour on a path toward Jamaica after tearing across the island of Grenada, killing at least 24 people and severely damaging its capital.

The toll, which rose from three earlier in the day, was reported by the Caribbean news agency CMC, which cited local officials.

Twenty-eight people aboard three vessels were also missing off the Venezuelan coast.

Ivan swept through Grenada, one of the Windward Islands, causing "incalculable'' damage to the capital city, Saint …

03 Sep 2003 description

Bogota/Caracas (dpa) - The worst outbreak of yellow fever to strike Colombia in half a century has killed 26 people in the border region with Venezuela, Colombian deputy Health Minister Juan Lopez said Wednesday.

Earlier, reports in Venezuela said yellow fever had claimed 12 lives in the past weeks in that country's border region with Colombia.

The Colombian Social Protection Ministry said the outbreak of the disease in Colombia was the "greatest in the country in the past 50 years".

24 Jul 2002 description

Caracas (dpa) - Better weather on Wednesday has allowed authorities to improve rescue operations for 50,000 people left homeless by floods caused by days of heavy rainstorms, but the situation in the country remained critical.

Following five days of rain, five people were dead and the southern state of Apure was flooded, Globonews reported, citing government officials.

Half of the small town of Guasdualito, which lies near the Colombian border, was underwater. Authorities had launched a massive evacuation and schools and other public services in the area were closed.

23 Jul 2002 description

Caracas (dpa) - Floods caused by heavy rainstorms in Venezuela on Tuesday killed at least four people and left 40,000 residents without homes.

Following four days of rain, the southern state of Apure was completely under water, authorities said, according to media reports.

''The situation has grown worse and worse since Monday because the rain ... will not stop,'' Environment Minister Analisa Osorio said in Caracas, adding that more than 200 times more water has run down neighbouring Colombian mountains than normal.

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.

21 Feb 2000 description

Madrid (dpa) - Representatives of around 30 donor countries Monday attended a conference on the reconstruction of Venezuela, where up to 50,000 people were killed and up to 200,000 left homeless by floods in December.

The Madrid conference was staged by Spain and by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thanked ''Spain, Europe and the rest of the world'' for their help.

The state of Vargas alone is estimated to have suffered losses worth 1.7 billion dollars.