Buenos Aires, The number of people who lost their lives to floods and landslides in the western Venezuelan state of Merida has risen to 20, Jehyson Guzman, a presidential representative authorized to monitor the situation, said.

Previous reports indicated that at least 13 people were killed in floods triggered by heavy rains.

“Today, it became known that [a total of] 20 people died … They are all identified,” Guzman said during a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, as broadcast on Twitter.

Efforts are currently underway to restore power supply, communications and road infrastructure.

(EW Correspondent)