1999 Vargas Tragedy
One of the worst natural calamities to have struck the Vargas state of Venezuela, the aftermath of the landslides & floods combined together claimed around 30,000 lives. Destroying nearly 700 buildings and 800 standalone houses, it made more than 75,000 people homeless.
The tragedy occurred on 15th December 1999. It all started with heavy rainfall, followed by mudslides that led to the collapse of the infrastructure in the state. Some towns near the coastal area were completely washed away into the ocean leaving no trace of their existence.