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US Provides $100,000 for Flood Relief in Colombia, Venezuela


The United States says it is providing a total of $100,000 for relief supplies in response to heavy rains, flooding and landslides in Colombia and Venezuela that killed at least 83 people.

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced this week that $50,000 each would be provided to Red Cross offices in Colombia and Venezuela through the U.S. Embassies in those countries.

The torrential rains hit late last week, pummeling the Colombian provinces of Santander and Norte de Santander and the Venezuelan state of Merida.

Heavy flooding destroyed thousands of homes and forced thousands of people to flee for higher ground.

Rescue officials say the heavy rains washed away roads and left many people without access to food, water, and electricity. They say many people remain missing.