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International Recovery Platform

Venezuela Mudslide, 1999

Country Venezuela
Location Federal district Caracas, Miranda, Vargas, Nueva Esparta, Yaracury, Falcon, Carabobo, Zulia, Tachira 

Brief Overview of the Disaster 
On December 15 and 16, 1999, a large scale disaster caused by debris flows and floods in the Vargas State along the Caribbean Sea and also in the Caracas Metropolitan Area, resulted in a huge amount of casualties and damage. In the Vargas State, the disaster destroyed lifelines such as roads and drinking water supply systems, and completely devastated seven towns in the coastal area. Thousands of houses were destroyed and many lives were lost. In the Caracas Metropolitan Area, the debris flow was fortunately small compared with that of the Vargas State, probably because of less rainfall. But still more than 300 landslides and slopes collapsed at some 70 locations.

Displaced 50,000
Dead 20,000
Missing 100
Injured Not specified
Housing Destroyed/Damaged 8,000
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) 3,237 million
Main Source
GLIDE No. MS-1999-000009-VEN


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