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Tuesday, 21 December, 1999, 13:47 GMT
In pictures: Mudslide aftermath

Thousands of people have died and 150,000 have been forced to abandon their homes after floods devastated Venezuela.




In Caracas, Argenis Lopez takes a break from searching through what remains of his destroyed house. Hot sun has baked rivers of mud dry.




A survivor passes his baby son onto a Navy ferry evacuating people from a beach in Vargas state, one of the worst-hit areas.




Miami student Mariela Sequera helps unload medical supplies donated at one of several collection points in southern Florida.




National guardsmen have been detaining looters after thousands of hungry residents of La Guaira raided containers left on the port.




Dramatic amateur video footage shot on Saturday showed the fearsome power of the mudslide before...




...and after an avalanche of water, mud and boulders swept down a street in Caraballeda, a once-plush northern resort.




Caraballeda's former residents can only point in vain at their devastated neighbourhoods from the safety of navy vessels evacuating them.

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19 Dec 99 |  Americas
In pictures: Venezuela's flood chaos
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