Declared state of emergency in western state Tachira for 90 days

Caracas, 20 May. AVN .- President Hugo Chavez declared state of emergency in Tachira state, central Venezuela, for 90 days due to relentless downpours in the area, which borders with the Republic of Colombia.

“Right now, I”m declaring 90 days state of emergency in Tachira state. The Special Commission for the Andean region continues deployed. Together we will win!,” said the Venezuelan President through his twitter account @chavezcandanga.

Several towns have remained cut off, especially in the northern area of the state; for this reason, the Bolivarian Government began last Thursday the operation Vida en Los Andes (Life in the Andean Region).

Humanitarian aid

Interior Relations and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami informed that about 64 tons of foods would be delivered since this Friday through towns cut off.

About 393 families were relocated into makeshift shelters since December 2010 and the National Government has evicted 46 families more during the last 48 hours. They were relocated into new shelters made in safe area.

“A total 439 families live in makeshift shelters attended by our Government,” said the Venezuelan Minister.

Also, authorities in matters of attention and prevention are deployed in the affected areas to meet the situation.

“We have deployed 700 officials belonging to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and different state-run security bodies, such as Civil Defense and Firefighters Department, as well as volunteers and members of communal councils,” El Aissami added.

Electrical services, road clearing

Besides the humanitarian aid through the operation Vida en Los Andes, they are also working to restore the electricity service and clear roads throughout the state.

President Hugo Chavez has kept constant contact with the Cabinet of Ministers in order to guide the procedures to solve the emergency, El Aissami reminded.

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