Chavez calls for speeding home building for flood refugees

17:34, November 29, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called for speeding up home building for those made homeless by massive flooding in the country.

"We have to speed home building, which is the definitive solution for these families," said Chavez, who paid a surprise visit to a provisional hostel set up for flood refugees in the National Experimental Security University (UNES) in Catia, western Caracas.

"We have to battle the rain, bureaucracy and inefficiency," added the president.

Venezuela is experiencing floods and landslides in the intense rainy season which have destroyed many homes.

"We have to look after each other," he told the refugees. He also called on officials to take swift and radical decisions to deal with the problem.

The hostel houses some 60 families whose homes were damaged due to persistent rainfall over the past few days.

Chavez also called on officials to find places to build decent housing for the homeless flood refugees.

UNES officials said the hostel was only a temporary shelter and the refugees will later be provided with more appropriate living places. One of the choices is Fort Tiuna, a giant military base in southwestern Caracas.

Some 13 people in Venezuela have died due to the recent floods. Eight of them were killed after buildings collapsed, according to official data.

The authorities have adopted emergency plans to deal with what is considered the country's worst weather in 40 years.

Source: Xinhua


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