(VENEZUELA) JUST IN: Rescue workers are searching for more than a dozen people who are missing after landslides tore through towns in western Mérida state #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: Twenty people are confirmed to have died and emergency workers have still to reach some of the worst-hit areas…

#AceDailyNews says that Venezuela rescuers are searching for landslide survivors as more rains fall with 10 more days of rain forecast, rescuers are racing to reach those feared buried before new mudslides are triggered that killed at least 20-people ….

A view of an area covered in mud and rocks following flash flooding in Tovar, Merida State, Venezuela August 25, 2021
Parts of the town of Tovar were buried in mud after the local river burst its banks

President Nicolás Maduro said more than 8,000 homes had been destroyed. 

Reuters reports that many homes have become uninhabitable

While 11 states were affected by the heavy rains, most of the fatalities occurred in Mérida in the Andes, where streets in mountain villages were converted into raging torrents.

Footage taken by locals showed cars being swept away and boulders strewn over muddy roads. 

It is not the first time the Mocotíes valley has been hit by deadly mudslides. In 2005, more than 40 people died and dozens went missing in the area when several rivers overflowed.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.26: 2021:

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