A landslide occurred in the state of Mérida, Venezuela, following heavy rain on 08 February 2023. Authorities report two people died and a bridge was destroyed.
A large part of a hillside collapsed near the banks of the Onia river in the settlement of Onia in Alberto Adriani municipality following heavy rainfall. Landslide debris fell onto a bridge on the river, killing two people who were crossing the bridge on a motorcycle. The victims were members of the same family. Jehyson Guzmán, Governor of Mérida extended his solidarity and condolences to the family of the victims. Other vehicles were also damaged in the incident.
The landslide also caused damage to homes and businesses in the area. Civil Protection said 4 families and 3 commercial properties were evacuated. The power supply in the area has been interrupted as a result of landslide damage.
The collapse of the bridge and damage to roads means a vital transport route has been cut, causing severe transport difficulties in the area. An alternative route was put in place and workers with heavy machinery were deployed to help clear the road and restore traffic.
The Risk Management Committee of the government of the State of Mérida was activated. The director of Mérida Civil Protection, Luis Lobo Sivoli said teams from Civil Protection, fire and police have been deployed to the area.
En nombre del Gobierno Bolivariano extendemos nuestra solidaridad y condolencias a la familia Rujano Ramírez por tan lamentable hecho ocurrido en Onia, municipio Alberto Adriani, en el que dos merideños, un adulto y una niña perdieron la vida. Paz a sus almas. pic.twitter.com/KeWEOHOB7I
— JEHYSON GUZMÁN (@JEHYSONGUZMAN) February 9, 2023