Venezuela – Orinoco flooding (DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 06 August 2021)

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  • Several tropical depressions and torrential rains resulted in Orinoco river’s overflowing. On 2nd of August, in Puerto Ayacucho (Amazon State), the level of the river was at 0,75m above regular height and just 2cm from flooding levels, with an increasing dynamic. Thus the National Meteorologic and Hydrologic Institute (INAMEH) has declared the red alert.

  • On 3rd of August, the community of Cabruta (Guárico State, downstream) was flooded, with an undetermined number of houses affected. With a new series of tropical waves coming from the east (at least three are expected to enter the country in the next days), more rainfall is expected, with more potential community affected.

  • Since July 2020, more than 2,000 families from several indigenous communities in Delta Amacuro (watershed end into the Carribbean) were under flood threat. ECHO and its partners will continue to follow the situation in the ground.