Today in Latin American History
Flash Flood Strikes Vargas, Venezuela in 1999
Photo: Damages from the Vargas tragedy
Today in Latin American history, torrential rains caused flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state’s infrastructure in 1999.
Vargas was hit with 3 feet of rain during a 52 hour period, the intense storm triggered soil instability and flow of debris.
Authorities report as much as 10% of Vargas’s population died during the tragedy.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff who is also an activist for the rights of the poor and excluded was born in 1938