The southwestern region of the country – particularly Tachira and Apure states – have been experiencing heavy rains over the last few days. Starting on Monday, the city of Guasdualito, Apure began to experience sporadic flooding, as torrential rains caused creeks to overflow. At least 5,000 of the city’s inhabitants have been affected by the flooding.
Below, some shots from Guasdualito taken in the last 24 hours:
In adjacent Tachira state, San Cristobal mayor Patricia de Ceballos announced that more than 2,500 families had been isolated in the area’s mountains as mudslides and and flooding made some roads impassable. She called on the Tachira government to declare a state of emergency in the city and surrounding region to make available resources with which to give aid to those affected. So far, the Tachira government has refused to declare the event an emergency.
She summarized the situation in the city in the following way:
The rain has affected 14 municipalities in the past 24 hours. [The most serious problem] are the mudslides that have completely isolated 2,500 families. The governor [Vielma Mora] had to use a helicopter to take them food and medicine. Our technicians have let us know that it will take six months to re-establish connection. If that’s not enough reason to declare a state of emergency, then I don’t know what they’re waiting for.
Maduro Offers Encouragement to Greeks
Speaking on his television show En Contacto Con Maduro last night, Maduro offered words of encouragement to the people of Greece, and called on themselves to become “free of the yolk” of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Greece defaulted on a loan to the International Monetary Fund yesterday, casting into doubt its economic future and membership in the Eurozone.
Maduro spoke directly to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Greek people, saying:
I want to formally, officially, and dearly express to Prime Minister Tsipras and the people of Greece all of the solidarity of the Bolivarian and Chavista people of Venezuela, all of our support, and a big hug.
He also suggested that Greece should not worry about its commitment to the IMF, and that its goal should be ultimately to cut ties with the organization:
Do not be afraid, Greek brothers and sisters. The way forward is to break ties with foreign international capital and the IMF, to become free of the yolk that seeks to drink the blood of peoples, the work of peoples, the wealth of nations. That is the way forward.
As of the writing of this article (11:30 AM EST), Prime Minister Tsipras appears to be taking a softer stance towards his creditors, and has signalled that he is wiling to make concessions to accept more funding.
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