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At least 36 people were killed in a landslide in the central city of Tejerias on Saturday. , and 56 citizens are still missing, according to the balance provided by Interior and Justice Minister Remigio Ceballos this Monday. “Unfortunately, at this time 36 people are dead and 56 are missing according to the request of the victims and friends,” said an official from the Presidential Command post established in the city, located 70 kilometers from Caracas.

See: ‘Lost city’: Search for missing after landslides in Las Tejerias, Venezuela

In an earlier statement shared by the Ministry of Interior and Justice, Ceballos spoke of “significant progress” in the task of “restoring order” in this small town in the state. Aragua.

Residents walk through debris caused by flooding along the banks of a river after heavy rains in Las Tejerias, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

This Saturday a torrential flood swept away houses, urban furniture, and flooded the streets of the city, the water destroying everything in its path.

Rescuers and families search through the rubble of homes swept away by rising water in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela.  (Yuri Cortes / AFP).
Rescuers and families search through the rubble of homes swept away by rising water in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela. (Yuri Cortes / AFP).

“Vehicles can’t go here, it’s restricted, it’s a disaster zone. The distribution of 300 tonnes of food will begin (…) There cannot be unauthorized, properly authorized or obstructing vehicles”, the minister said during a walk through the muddy streets.

On Sunday, government rescue agencies, civil protection, as well Maintenance and cleaning staffand employees of various institutions for the “comprehensive care of the people,” President Nicolás Maduro said via his Twitter account.

Rescuers carry the body of a person who died in a landslide in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela.  (REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria).
Rescuers carry the body of a person who died in a landslide in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela. (REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria).
Neighbors search for victims or survivors of a landslide that destroyed dozens of homes during heavy rains in Tejerias, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022.  (Yuri Cortes / AFP).
Neighbors search for victims or survivors of a landslide that destroyed dozens of homes during heavy rains in Tejerias, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022. (Yuri Cortes / AFP).

The previous balance of the government was given two hours ago by the Executive Vice President. Delsey Rodriguez25 people died and 52 were missing, the same number confirmed to EFE on Sunday by detectives from the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Unit (Cicpc).

According to RodriguezFrom the sidelines of the event, state channel Venezolana de Television (VTV) reported, “There was a massive landslide” which caused overflowing streams, causing “human casualties” and massive property damage.

The Vice President By order of President Nicolás Maduro, The city of Tejerías was declared a “mourning zone” and three days of mourning.

See: Tragedy in Venezuela: More than 700 houses collapsed in landslides in Las Tejerias.

Security agencies said The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) are searching for the missing and others at the disaster site.

“We are trying to rescue those who can be rescued and from now on we offer our condolences to all those who have lost a loved one” he added.

Residents help rescue workers clear mud from destroyed homes as they search for victims of a landslide in Tejarías, Venezuela's Aragua state.  (Yuri Cortes / AFP).
Residents help rescue workers clear mud from destroyed homes as they search for victims of a landslide in Tejarías, Venezuela’s Aragua state. (Yuri Cortes / AFP).

The official announced that “critical” shelters would be set up in Aragua state to replace all those who lost their homes.

Rodríguez said there are businessmen who have lost their premises and their crops have been affected, for which the Public Bank will provide support to these citizens.

Residents walk among the ruins of houses destroyed by a landslide during heavy rains in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022.  (Yuri Cortes/AFP)
Residents walk among the ruins of houses destroyed by a landslide during heavy rains in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, on October 9, 2022. (Yuri Cortes/AFP)

Likewise, he pointed out Water service was interrupted as the force of the water from the creek pulled down the submersibles.

According to EFE, Power supply has also been completely disruptedThere is no electricity in any sector of the city and its surroundings.

Interior and Justice Ministers, Remigio Ceballos; and Electric Power, Luis Motta Dominguez; Deputy Minister of Risk Management and Civil Defense, Carlos Alfredo Perez; and Armed Forces Strategic Operations Commander Domingo Hernández Llares, among other officials, none of whom provided statements to the independent press.

At this time, according to national, regional and local bodies, the death toll from heavy rains in the last two weeks in various parts of the country stands at 45.

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