At Least 43 Killed, 56 Missing In Landslide

At least 43 people have died and 56 others are reported missing in relation to a massive landslide in Venezuela, NBC News reports.

Local officials confirmed the totals on Tuesday (October 11), three days after natural disaster took place in the Santos Michelena municipality of the north central state of Aragua on Sunday (October 9) following days of heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Julia led to streams overflowing.

“There was a large landslide in the central area of Las Tejerías. We have already found 22 dead people, there are more than 52 missing,” Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez told Venezolana de Televisión via the Associated Press on Sunday, prior to the rising death toll over the next few days.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that he’d ordered the “maximum deployment” of the interior ministry and security agencies as first responders in relation to the landslide.

Maduro also declared three days of national mourning “in solidarity with the families affected” in a tweet addressing the tragedy on Sunday.

Carlos Pérez, Venezuela’s Deputy Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection, announced that more than 1,000 officials from the National Risk Management System, as well as local police officers, were participating in search and rescue efforts following the devastation from the landslide.

Heavy rainfall led to rising water overflowing onto the Panmuca Bridge in Juigalpa, Nicaragua.

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