Landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have killed at least 7 people in Venezuela’s eastern coastal state of Anzoategui, regional authorities said Friday.
State Governor Luis Marcano said six bodies had been found in the city of Puerto la Cruz and the body of a child in the neighboring city of Guanta.
Heavy rains have killed about 80 people in the country in recent weeks, including 54 in a landslide on October 8, according to official reports.
A thousand rescuers and volunteers were sent to Anzoategui.
Venezuela has experienced exceptional rainfall since September. Heavy rains caused streams to overflow and landslides to hit Las Tejerias, a mountain home of 50,000 people.
In 1999, about 10,000 people died in a landslide in the northern state of Vargas.