Venezuelan Red Cross workers wait to board a military aircraft destined for western Merida state.
Venezuelan Red Cross workers wait to board a military aircraft destined for western Merida state, which has been hard hit by floods and landslides, February 13, 2005. Rescue workers are struggling to reach villages in Venezuela's Andean mountains cut off by torrential rains and floods that have killed more than 40 people in nearly a week. Local authorities said on Saturday they had found at least 25 bodies in Santa Cruz de Mora in Merida state and feared more were dead. REUTERS/Christian Veron HY