Merida, Venezuela, Aug 31, 2021 / 17:29 pm
The Venezuelan bishops’ conference criticized on Monday the Venezuelan National Guard for hindering the work of providing humanitarian aid to the regions affected by the recent heavy rains and landslides.
The rains that fell Aug. 23-24 in the Mocotíes Valley in the state of Mérida have caused flooding and mudslides, leaving at least 20 dead.
More than 50,000 people and more than 14,000 families have been affected by the rains and floods in the states of Mérida, Táchira, Zulia, Amazonas, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro, Monagas, Apure, and Aragua.
In an Aug. 30 statement, the Venezuelan bishops noted that in the face of the tragedy "the response of solidarity from both the Catholic Church, as well as other religious denominations and civil institutions was immediate."