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Thursday, 23 December, 1999, 20:10 GMT
In pictures: Venezuela's devastation

Residents come to terms with the true extent of the devastation caused by floods and mudslides in towns and cities along Venezuela's coastline.




Residents of La Guaira walk through debris on what was once one of the devastated coastal city's main streets.




Military police officer Gregorio Hernandez wipes the nose of five-year-old Maikel at a temporary shelter for the homeless in Fuerte Tiuna, an army base in Caracas.




Little remains untouched in La Guaira. It may never be known how many people perished in the flooding, but officials estimate that up to 50,000 people died.




Luis Camacho, a resident of La Guaira, bathes on what once was one the city's main streets. Clean water is among the most pressing needs for survivors.

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