Venezuela

Venezuela Floods Sep 1987 UNDRO Information Report 1

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Situation Report
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Posted
Originally published
UNDRO 87/1957

VENEZUELA - FLOODS
UNDRO INFORMATON REPORT NO. 1
10 SEPTEMBER 1987

1. THE UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE HAS REPORTED ON THE SERIOUS AND DEVASTATING FLOODS CAUSED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS ON SUNDAY 6 SEPT WHICH AFFECTED THE STATES OF ARAGUA AND MIRANDA.

2. IN THE TOWNS OF BARRIO EL PROGRESO, MATA SECA, SAN JOSE, SACANOVA GODOY AND TIERRA NUESTRA, 600 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN MADE HOMELESS, AMOUNTING TO 3,000 PERSONS IN TOTAL. SO FAR 101 DEATHS HAVE BEEN RECORDED AND 255 PEOPLE ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR. AROUND 5,800 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THE AFFECTED REGION EITHER OVERLAND OR BY AIR AND SEA TRANSPORT. COMMUNICATIONS AND ROADS HAVE ALSO BEEN DAMAGED.

3. TWO FOCAL POINTS ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN COORDINATING RELIEF OPERATIONS, NAMELY THE NATIONAL RELIEF COMMAND, (HEADED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC'S PRIVATE SECRETARY) AND UTILISING MILITARY AND CIVIL DEFENSE RESOURCES, AND THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL RED CROSS. BOTH BODIES ARE RECEIVING NATIONAL DONATIONS OF FOOD, CLOTHING AND OTHER RELIEF ITEMS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL CONCERNS. THIS RELIEF ASSISTANCE IS BEING CONVEYED TO RECIPIENTS BY HELICOPTER AND OVERLAND.

4. THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA HAS NOT REQUESTED INTERNATIONAL RELIEF ASSISTANCE. HOWEVER, THE UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE HAS REPORTED THAT A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE OFFERED ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.

5. FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SITUATION WILL BE COMMUNICATED SHORTLY.

= ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +
09JUN87-2593 UNDROCTR somalia.drought.emergency.87 (mrs haidar)