39 people killed and 50 more missing after landslide in Venezuela

Venezuela landslide kills at least 39 people, over 50 missing

A house and office block is engulfed in flames as a volcano spews lava and ash on top of an intersection in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 16, 2017.

A house and office block is engulfed in flames as a volcano spews lava and ash on top of an intersection in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 16, 2017.

Photo: Fotografia, Associated Press Photo

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A house and office block is engulfed in flames as a volcano spews lava and ash on top of an intersection in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 16, 2017.

A house and office block is engulfed in flames as a volcano spews lava and ash on top of an intersection in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 16, 2017.

Photo: Fotografia, Associated Press Photo

Venezuela landslide kills at least 39 people, over 50 missing

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 39 people were killed and at least 50 more were missing after a massive mudslide unleashed by a volcano in the Caracas region, officials said.

The National Emergency Operations Center said in a Facebook posting that it lost contact Wednesday morning with residents of the southern Caracas neighborhood of San Miguel de Petare, where the landslide occurred.

The center said early Wednesday that it’s working to search for the missing people, but that it’s “impossible to estimate the number.”

The National Civil Defense and Red Cross said it’s working to reach people affected by the disaster.

At least 50 million Venezuelans face unprecedented food shortages, with the government blaming a massive power outage on a major eruption of a powerful and long-ignored and dangerous

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