Venezuela – Floods Affect Thousands as Major Rivers Overflow

Several rivers, including the Orinoco and Caroní, have flooded in Venezuela after days of heavy rain.

Venezuela Civil Protection said that flooding has caused serious damage in the states of Bolívar, Delta Amacuro, Amazonas, Sucre, Mérida and Miranda.

Flooding first hit parts of Delta Amacuro state on Friday 04 August after the Orinoco River overflowed. Currently there are 2,107 families (8,967 people) affected in the municipalities of Casacoina, Antonio Diaz and Tucupita. Over 700 homes have been damaged and 239 families displaced.

According to Civil Protection, 1,203 families have been hit by flooding in Bolívar state, in particular in the municipalities of Caroni, Heres, Cedeno, Sucre and Angostura. Over 150 families have been displaced and 1,044 homes damaged. The Orinoco, Caroní and Tacal rivers have all overflowed in the state.

A further 2,107 families have been affected in Amazonas state, in particular in the municipalities of Atures, Autana and Manapiare after the Orinoco and Ventuari rivers overflowed. Over 80 families have been displaced.

In Sucre state, over 400 families are currently affected by flooding from the overflowing Tacal, Brito and Tromba Marina rivers.

On Monday 07 August, the overflowing River Tuy flooded around 40 buildings in Municipio Independencia in Miranda state. Around 50 families have been evacuated, according to Civil Protection. Flooding has also affected parts of Arzobispo Chacón Municipality in Mérida state.

Local media said that the floodgates of the Guri hydroelectric dam in Bolívar state, have been opened to lower water levels of the dam. Some local politicians have said this has worsened the flood situation for communities down river.

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