Death toll climbs to 25, many missing in Venezuela landslide

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Rescuers use drones and trained dogs to search for survivors following a massive landslide in the Venezuelan town of Las Tejerias as the death toll rises to 25 and dozens more are brought disappeared.

Caracas, Venezuela — Rescuers used drones and trained dogs to search for survivors on Monday following a massive landslide in the Venezuelan town of Las Tejerias as the death toll rose to 25 and dozens more are missing.

The landslide happened on Saturday evening following heavy rain caused by Hurricane Julia, and destroyed more than 300 homes and affected businesses in the city of 50,000 people, located along the main industrial corridor of the Venezuela.

Rescuers searched for survivors and workers used heavy machinery to clear debris from a hillside neighborhood where roads were covered in mud. Authorities said 52 people were missing.

On Monday, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez visited the area and said three more bodies had been found, bringing the death toll to at least 25 people. She said workers still hoped to find living people under the rubble.

Residents said they had just minutes to abandon their homes as the avalanche of mud, rocks and tree trunks rolled down a mountain and poured into neighborhoods also flooded by five streams. Several children are missing.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday declared three days of mourning for the victims and sent rescuers to Las Tejerias, which sits along a highway that connects Caracas to the industrial city of Valencia. Maduro said 11 states across the country were damaged by flooding over the weekend.

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