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    Hope fading in search for Venezuela landslide survivors

    LAS TEJERÍAS (AFP) – Hopes were fading on Tuesday of finding alive any of 56 people missing after a devastating landslide swept through a Venezuelan town with 36 confirmed deaths to date.

    President Nicolas Maduro said on state television that the death toll is expected to reach 100.

    Neighbours and rescuers – some 3,000 police, soldiers and other professionals – were engaged in the ever-more desperate search among the fast-hardening mud, tree trunks and rocks dumped Saturday on the town of Las Tejerias.

    Rescuers told AFP it would be difficult to find any survivors in the town some 50 kilometres from the capital Caracas.

    “I don’t know whether to scream, I don’t know whether to run… whether to cry,” Nathalie Matos, 34, told AFP of the frustrating wait for news on the fate of her 65-year-old mother, who she had on the phone as the deluge came.

    Neighbours watch as rescuers recover a body on the banks of the Tuy river days after a devastating landslide in the Venezuelan town of Las Tejerias. PHOTO: AFP

    “She told me: ‘Daughter, I am drowning, the water got in, get me out, get me out… save me!’” Matos recounted.

    “I tried to call her back, she picked up, but there was just noise.”

    A rescue team is at her mother’s mud-filled house.

    “The dog gave signs here, in this area that was the living room and the kitchen,” said a firefighter, though all their digging so far had yielded nothing.

    “I know she is there,” insisted Mato.

    A few metres away, another team examined a piece of land where a house stood until Saturday, when Las Tejerias became the site of Venezuela’s worst natural disaster in decades.

    Neighbours were helping to reconstruct what would have been the floor plan to get an idea of where to dig.

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