Floods in northern Venezuela have killed at least 13 people and forced more than 5,000 to leave their homes.

Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides, forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency in the capital city of Caracas and the country's northern provinces.

Flooding rivers and landslides have blocked traffic in northern Venezuela's coastal areas.

Minister of Education Aristolbulo Isturiz announced Wednesday that classes across the country have been canceled to allow flood victims to seek refuge in the schools.

Weather forecasts say more rain is likely to hit northern Venezuela over the next three days.

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