Seven sectors of El Callao are affected by the flooding of the Yuruari River

Seven sectors of El Callao are affected by the flooding of the Yuruari River

The mayor of El Callao, Coromoto Lugo, reported on the activation of four temporary shelters for those affected, and handles data on at least 1,700 people from 12 sectors vulnerable to eviction due to flooding

Text: Jhoalys Siverio / Mail of the Caroni


At least 98 families from seven sectors of El Callao are affected by the recent flooding of the Yuruari River. Until this August 18, Civil Protection counted 223 affected people: 102 adults, 98 minors and 33 older adults, according to its director Iraima Burgos.

“We are responding to the communities because preventive work has already been done with talks, surveys. People were already aware of the problem. Right now we are practically working with what we have, we are working together with the Fire Department, the State Police, the Mayor’s Office, which has given us a lot of support,” said Burgos.

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The director of Civil Protection El Callao also requested greater support from regional authorities, especially with the provision of drinking water and tanks.

Mayor Coromoto Lugo reported on the activation of four temporary shelters for those affected. These are: the Barrio Obrero, Luis Colmenares Morillo schools, the CTN diversified school and the Nicolás Antonio Farrera school. The Mayor’s Office manages a data of at least 1,700 people from 12 sectors vulnerable to eviction due to flooding.

According to Civil Protection data, there are currently 12 families in the Barrio Obrero shelter. These are equivalent to 44 people: 19 adults, 3 older adults, 18 boys and girls, 1 pregnant woman and 3 adolescents.

“We have had a prevention of approximately three months. We began to clean the 17 drainages of the municipality, due to the annual flooding of the Yuruari River. This has allowed us to take the necessary precautions (…) The Government was asked for water, vaccinations, mats, mining lamps, a water tank, because the information we have is that it is raining in the headwaters of the river, and that will help us generate problems because this is a Mayor’s Office that does not have the budgets to face any contingency of this type, “said Coromoto Lugo.

Those affected in El Callao

In the La Chalana sector, Marbigleidis Freites has come to sleep with his family on the roof of the house, where he keeps most of his belongings when the river continues to rise.

«We have practically adapted to the flooding of the river in these months. We are not going to move to any shelter. If it gets higher, we will climb the corotos, most of the things we have upstairs in the soberado and, just in case, we also raise the bed, and we sleep upstairs on the roof », he assured.

“This usually happens and people already know more or less how far the water reaches,” said Ángel Gómez, a resident of the El Banqueo sector. Six years ago he left San Félix, looking for a better income than he had as an informal trader. Today, although he is partly engaged in the same activity, most of his income is as a motorcycle taxi driver, both in the town and for the camps and nearby areas.

In fact, on Tuesday, August 17, he arrived from El Dorado. He had been out of his house for two days and encountered the flood.

“I make a call to the governor so that he gives us support as it should be, because we are affected people,” added Yesenia Piñate, a resident of the same sector.

As reported by the Secretary of Citizen Security, Edgar Colina Reyes, to Mayor Coromoto Lugo, the Government approved the delivery of an unspecified number of mats and a dowry of vaccines for one day.


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