Venezuela’s vice president on Tuesday said that the death toll from landslides and heavy rains in the city of Las Tejerias in Aragua state has risen to 43 with fear of exceeding 100.
Delcy Rodriguez provided the latest figures during a live televised broadcast at the location in a video link with President Nicolas Maduro.
The briefing came hours after Maduro reported that 39 people were dead and 56 were missing and according to him, the number of victims could be much higher.
Rodriguez pledged that as soon as the live transmission was over, her team would continue to gather testimonies from the victims “house by house.”
Regarding the actions taken by the government to assist those affected by the disaster, the authorities have said that water as well as 300 tons of food have been distributed to local residents.
In addition, Rodriguez said that up to 95% of the power grid and eight out of 19 water wells had been restored.
Due to the extensive damage in the area, various collection points were activated nationwide to support families in Las Tejerias.
While visiting the affected region, President Maduro expressed confidence in the efforts to rebuild the settlement.