Venezuela - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0214
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Venezuela - Floods
17 November 2000

Approximately 7,000 people affected

Disaster Situation

1. According to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Caracas, heavy rains continue and are causing flooding and some mudslides in the northern coastal region. A state of emergency has been declared in ten (10) states (Vargas, Zulia, Mérida, Trujillo, Falcón, Miranda, Sucre, Carabobo, Aragua and the Federal District).

2. It should be recalled that in December 1999, Venezuela faced one of the worst disasters of its history. A state of emergency was declared for the Federal District of Caracas and eight of the country's 23 States, due to abnormal and heavy rains that affected most of the northern area of Venezuela. Approximately 350,000 people were affected and some 90,000 houses damaged or destroyed.

Population Affected/Damage

3. The national authorities have reported to date two people dead, some 7,000 people affected and 3,000 homes damaged or lost.

National response

4. According to a report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Venezuelan authorities have already evacuated several thousands of people from their homes in Vargas and are arranging temporary shelter facilities for those affected. River levels are being closely monitored as the bad weather continues.

Request for international assistance

5. National and Regional Government authorities indicate to have the situation under control and have not requested international assistance. The United Nations Resident Coordinator is in permanent contact with the competent authorities. The Ministry of Health has requested the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in the area of disease prevention.

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