Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says his government is prepared for the worst, but says the country is facing the worst of the flooding in its history.
The government is sending food, water and medical supplies to residents, but that is not enough, said President Nicolás Maduro, who spoke to the nation at the presidential palace in Caracas.
At least 2,500 people have died in the last two weeks in the country, where many residents still rely on aid and water deliveries.
The latest tolls came on Friday, when a flood ravaged the state of Santa Catarina, about 45 kilometres (25 miles) east of the capital.
“We are not going to forget the catastrophe that occurred in Venezuela in the past few days,” Maduro said.
The entire country, including our army, will go to the most difficult parts of the country.” “
It is not just the government.
The entire country, including our army, will go to the most difficult parts of the country.”
“We cannot forget the victims of the crisis, who have suffered,” Maduro added.
The floods have forced thousands of people to flee their homes, including some who had lived there for years.
In the capital, thousands of residents have taken to the streets to demand better protection for their homes.
Residents in other provinces are struggling to get food and water supplies and are also struggling to access healthcare.
On Friday, the government said it had sent water and food to the hardest-hit regions, and has provided medical care.
In response, Venezuela’s National Guard sent more than 1,000 troops to help deal with the flooding.
“As a military operation, the soldiers are assisting in the provision of water and electricity,” the Guard said in a statement.
“Their presence is essential, in order to save lives and avoid the death of those affected by the current crisis.”
The floods are the worst to hit Venezuela since the start of the year.
“I hope the president is able to take care that the people of Venezuela will not have to go through this again,” said Venezuelan activist and former presidential candidate Maria Elena Guevara.
“The president needs to take some of the blame for this, and we hope that he does not blame the armed forces, and that he doesn’t blame the national guard, but the people themselves.”
The flood hit communities of low-income people and those who are at risk from the flood.
“This is an epidemic.
This is a crime against humanity,” said Guecara, a nurse.
The National Guard’s role in the crisis has come under scrutiny after the country’s top judge, José Miguel Pérez, resigned after it was revealed he took bribes from businesses, including a real estate developer.