Storm Rains: Solidarity with Venezuela

“Storm rain hitting 40 percent of the national territory over the past weeks killed 30 people as rivers and dams overflowed drenching vast zones, isolating dozens of communities and sweeping away bridges and roads, not to mention the billions-worth of damages to agriculture…”

International solidarity reached Venezuela immediately as soon as the reports on the economic damages and over 130,000 victims circled the world, said Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

In an interview for Prensa Latina, Venezuela’s top diplomat first praised the solidarity from member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

“Thousands of Cuban medical workers multiplied their efforts in every corner of Venezuela, helping the poorest and there is a Cuban doctor working in every shelter,” stressed Maduro.

He described as awesome the consignments of relief supplies coming from Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, as well as from Caribbean Islands like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, “all sister countries within ALBA” that even collected donations that already reached our people at the shelters.

FM Maduro also mentioned contributions from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Syria, Iran, Belarus, Russia, “the world with Venezuela,” he said.

“At such difficult times, when we are to deal with these weather adversities with courage, it is time to show the true sisterhood we have been weaving like a fishing net.

He said that President Hugo Chavez has helped build a large international alliance for a new world that we can feel in the love and solidarity reaching the people of Venezuela from around the world.

“Storm rain hitting 40 percent of the national territory over the past weeks killed 30 people as rivers and dams overflowed drenching vast zones, isolating dozens of communities and sweeping away bridges and roads, not to mention the billions-worth of damages to agriculture.

Food, water, blankets, mattresses, medications, tents and child clothing were among the aid flown to the Venezuelans who lost everything and are staying in 972 state-run shelters.

The victims now benefit from medical assistance, including odontology, and recreation, to help ease their distress.

Housing is a top priority for President Chavez, who assured the victims that they will head from the shelters to their homes now under construction as part of an ambitious project to meet the national deficit -over two million houses- accumulated through many decades.

COSTARICA.COM |  LATIN AMERICA NEWS |   19 December 2010

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