CWS Venezuela Flooding Situation Report 21 Nov 2000

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
35 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs

SITUATION: Heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in northern costal regions of Venezuela have prompted a state of emergency in 10 states, nearly a year after storms caused one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history, affecting some 350,000 people and destroying at least 90,000 homes.

In the current emergency, at least people have been killed; 7,000 affected and at least 3,000 homes or damaged, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Thousands have been evacuated from the affected regions, including the state of Vargas.

RESPONSE: CWS, as a member of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network, has been monitoring the situation and has been in touch with local partners who are responding to the latest disaster.

They include the Venezuelan-based Ecumenical Committee for the Emergency and the Reconstruction in Venezuela (CEER), which has done some initial emergency relief work.

Call the CWS HOTLINE for updates:

(800) 297-1516, ext. 111.
For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding, contact CWS Emergency Response
Telephone: (212) 870-3151
After-hours emergency pager: (800) 780-0853