CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan authorities say flooding and landslides unleashed by torrential rains have killed 25 people and forced thousands from their homes.
The death toll rose Tuesday as authorities reported 12 additional deaths in Caracas and nearby states. Officials say more than 5,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
Gov. Henrique Capriles decreed a "state of alarm" in Miranda state, which includes parts of the capital.
President Hugo Chavez on Monday also declared an emergency in the western state of Falcon, which has been particularly hard-hit. Officials said the storms caused a power outage that idled an oil refinery in Falcon, and similar problems shut down some units at another refinery.