Venezuela’s rainy season has extended well past its usual October close.  Heavy rains are causing a variety of problems such as flooding and mudslides, resulting in the death of 25 people and the displacement of nearly 60,000.   

Air transportation is extremely limited, and ground transportation is dangerous — over 112 roads in the area have been blocked.  Schools in eleven states have been ordered to close until at least Friday, and the government has declared a state of emergency in the states of Caracas, Falcon, Vargas and Miranda. 

Even after the rain abates, flooding and mudslides will continue to pose danger. Travelers should exercise extreme caution and review tips the Red Cross offers on mudslide safety.

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