At least 8 flooded homes, structural collapses and falling trees were some of the effects left by the rains recorded since early Thursday morning in Altagracia de Orituco, José Tadeo Monagas municipality in Guárico state, reported Colonel Denis Durán, commander of the André Fourneau Fire Brigade.
"Until now we have no relevant news, we have no deceased, missing or injured person," Durán emphasized.
He highlighted that 3 of the affected houses are located in the Luis Hurtado Higuera sector (Banco Obrero), in Tricentenario I, 07th street (1) and in Las Mercedes street (4).
He pointed out that among the structural collapses is a retaining wall and perimeter fence walls, while, in the Tememure sector, a tree hindered the flow of water in canals, without causing further damage.
He added that the rainfall also caused a fire outbreak as a result of a short circuit in the Tabacalera sector. “This was already controlled by the fire brigade commission,” he said, while referring to the overflow of streams in the Paural II and El Diamante communities.
Authorities on alert and constant monitoring in Altagracia de Orituco
Wilmer Fernández, in charge of Risk Management in the entity, pointed out that until now there is no report regarding floods of greater magnitude, although various roads in the jurisdiction were also affected by the rains.
He specified that the authorities remain alert and constantly monitor the affected communities, carrying out the respective inspections with greater care.
"The alert system in the municipality is maintained, with the security forces, the mayor's office and its different addresses, we remain active with constant monitoring, making house-to-house visits and in areas that would be at risk in case the rains turn stronger," he stressed.
He mentioned that all of the above is part of the consequences of the first rains in the country, while calling on the communities not to throw solid waste into the drainage channels and avoid further damage to the municipality.
According to the publication in official social networks of the mayor's office, these events exceeded the forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inameh), which reported that the estimate in the José Tadeo Monagas municipality, per month, would be 104 mm of rainfall. , however, it was revealed that these reached 80 mm per square meter in a range of 6 hours.