UNDP and DHA help Venezuela to assess earthquake damage

Following the devastating earthquake that struck the northeast coastal region of Venezuela on Wednesday, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Caracas Ricardo Tichauer called together the local UN Disaster and Assessment Coordination team (UNDAC), to help assess damage and emergency needs. The earthquake, which claimed more than 60 lives and injured over 300 people, destroyed office buildings and schools, inflicting the heaviest damage in the cities of Cariaco and Cumana in Sucre State in the northeast. Margarita island, Monagas and Anzategui states were also effected. Preliminary assessments indicated that Venezuela would not require external assistance in responding to the disaster.