At least 24 killed, 3,720 Homeless in Floods and Landslides
Dec. 06, 1985
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Three days of heavy rains, floods and landslides have collapsed hundreds of slum shacks, killing 24 people and leaving 3,720 homeless, the official news agency said Thursday night, quoting Civil Defense reports.
There were seven known missing and 25 injured in the capital and in other parts of Venezuela, the Venpres agency said.
Among the dead are 14 children killed in Caracas slum areas when the shacks they lived in collapsed on top of them. Firemen rescued a 4-year-old girl late Wednesday after she had been covered by debris for 14 hours.
Hundreds of Caracas slum dwellers have been evacuated, for fear of further flooding and landslides. The national metereological service forecast an improvement in the weather during the weekend.
The Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas was reopened after being closed for 24 hours due to poor visibility and the bad weather. Smaller airports in other parts of the country remained closed.
Oil industry facilities haven't been affected by the rains, floods and landslides. Oil exports make up over 90 percent of the country's foreign earnings.