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  World   Americas  08 Aug 2017  Major hydroelectric dam affected 4,500 families in Venezuela floods

Major hydroelectric dam affected 4,500 families in Venezuela floods

PTI
Published : Aug 8, 2017, 9:29 am IST
Updated : Aug 8, 2017, 9:29 am IST

The opposition called on the government to take urgent action with the dam to prevent the flooding from worsening.

More than 200 residents have been evacuated from their homes in Venezuela. (Photo: Representational/AFP)
 More than 200 residents have been evacuated from their homes in Venezuela. (Photo: Representational/AFP)

Caracas: Torrential rain in southeast Venezuela has affected 4,500 families and is sending floodwaters gushing through the country's major hydroelectric dam, authorities and local media said.

The precipitation caused the two main rivers in the country, the Orinoco and the Caroni, to surge over their banks, causing damage in the states of Bolivar, Delta Amacuro and Amazonas, the Civil Protection service said.

Local media showed images of flooded houses and streets, and residents trying to save furniture from the water. They also showed video of water gushing through Venezuela's Guri hydroelectric dam, which provides 70 percent of electricity for the country.

The opposition called on the government to take urgent action with the dam to prevent the flooding from worsening, adding another point of discord in the country, which is in the grip of a deep economic and political crisis. 

Tags: torrential rain, hydroelectric dam, floods, economic crisis
Location: Venezuela, Distrito Federal, Caracas