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Relief Efforts—Venezuela

_thumbnail_Venezuelafinal-2.jpg In December 1999, after almost 15 days of heavy rain in Vargas, Venezuela, the mountain slides crushed around 25,000 homes, resulting in over 30,000 reported deaths and missing persons. Family International members volunteered at rescue and aid centers for the affected areas and assisted with the collection and distribution of food, medicine, and clothing; as well as provided spiritual counsel, comfort, and encouragement to the disaster victims.