Floods affect communities in El Pao

Teams carry out mitigation work in the Pao-La Balsa Reservoir.

At least 25 communities in the municipality of El Pao de San Juan Bautista, in the state of Cojedes, are affected after the overflow of the Pao-La Balsa Pack, which has increased the water level in the last 6 days.

The information was offered at a press conference by Governor Margaud Godoy, who supervised the Reservoir and some affected areas together with the Minister of Public Works, Raúl Paredes; and the vice minister for the attention to the waters, Randy Rodríguez.

The president reported that more than 230 families have been preventively evicted from risk areas, making 5 shelters available to citizens, while other residents came with family and friends as the risk dissipates.

Likewise, it was learned that of the 25 communities, 5 are the most affected, where crops such as citrus fruits, legumes, tubers and cereals were lost almost entirely.

In this sense, Godoy reiterated the commitment of the national and regional government, which is working on 4 essential lines in the face of this contingency: -Saving lives, -Assisting families, -Assisting producers and -Governance of the reservoir.
For this, he explained that they are in a civic-military union, hand in hand with the organized people of the Pao municipality and the work teams that have come to support from states such as Carabobo, Aragua and the Capital District.

Mitigation Works

For his part, the Deputy Minister of Water, Randy Rodríguez, explained that the levels of the Reservoir exceed the overflow quota, which is 131 m above sea level, reaching 132,87 m above sea level.

Likewise, he explained that the alarm has activated all the protocols and therefore mitigation works are carried out focused on the relief channel, through gabions and the regulation of the valves that allow to keep the relief levels of the dam controlled.

To conclude, the Minister of Public Works, Raúl Paredes, specified that a multidisciplinary General Staff was installed to attend to the technical, logistical, operational and social aspects that arise in this Reservoir, which feeds part of the states of Aragua, Carabobo and Cojedes.

 

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