• Short Summary

    THE CENTRAL VENEZUELAN REGION OF CALABOZO WAS FLOODED RECENTLY WHEN THE RIVER GUARICO BURST ITS BANKS AFTER THE CALABOZO DAM ABOUT 186 MILES (300 KMS) SOUTH OF CARACAS, WAS OPENED.

  • Description

    THE CENTRAL VENEZUELAN REGION OF CALABOZO WAS FLOODED RECENTLY WHEN THE RIVER GUARICO BURST ITS BANKS AFTER THE CALABOZO DAM ABOUT 186 MILES (300 KMS) SOUTH OF CARACAS, WAS OPENED. ABOUT 2,300 PEOPLE AND THOUSANDS OF HEAD OF CATTLE HAVE SO FAR BEEN EVACUATED BY HELICOPTER, CANOE AND MOTOR-BOAT AS A RESULT OF THE FLOODING. IN ADDITION, OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED THAT ABOUT 35 VILLAGES AND HAMLETS HAVE BEEN FLOODED OUT.

    THE FLOODING BEGAN LAST MONTH WHEN WATER BEHIND THE CALABOZO DAM, FROM THE GUARICO AND ORTICUO RIVERS, HAD TO BE RELEASED IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE DAM FROM BURSTING. APPROXIMATELY 900 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER HAD BUILT UP BEHIND THE DAM, IN ADDITION TO THE 100 MILLION CUBIC METRES NORMALLY THERE. THE ENGINEERS DECIDED TO OPEN THE SMALL EMERGENCY GATES TO ALLOW FOR MORE WATER TO BE CONTAINED BEHIND THE DAM. THE SITUATION DEVELOPED DURING THE CURRENT RAINY SEASON, AND RAIN HAS FALLEN DAILY FOR SOME TIME.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED LAST WEDNESDAY (2 JULY) THAT ABOUT GBP166,660 STERLING WORTH OF DAMAGE HAD BEEN CAUSED BY THE HEAVY RAINS AND THE OVERFLOWING RIVERS. THE TOTAL DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LOSS OF AN ESTIMATED 1,500 DROWNED CATTLE. AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE WERE REPORTED TO HAVE DIED IN THE FLOODING SO FAR. THE FLAT AGRICULTURAL TERRAIN HAS AGGRAVATED THE FLOODING.

    THE FLOODS HAVE ALSO BEEN SPREADING TO THE SOUTHERN APURE STATE WHERE THE APURE RIVER, FED BY THE GUARICO, WAS CONTINUING TO RISE.

    ON MONDAY, AGRICULTURE MINISTER JESUS LOPEZ LUQUE SAID HE WAS PREPARING A PLAN FOR IMMEDIATE NATION-WIDE DRAINAGE WORKS TO BE USED IN PRESENT AND FUTURE FLOODS.

    A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED ON FRIDAY (4 JULY) IN THE SMALL TOWN OF EL SOMBRERO, SOUTHERN VENEZUELA, AFTER THE GUARICO FLOODED ITS BANKS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA9RFZY5B7LWTXPI2ROTLYZKA6
    Media URN:
    VLVAA9RFZY5B7LWTXPI2ROTLYZKA6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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