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Venezuelan Landslides Draw Maduro Out of Presidential Palace

  • President makes two rare visits to survey storm damage
  • Constant rains cause widespread damage across country
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, center visits an area damaged during floods in Las Tejerias, Venezuela, on Oct. 10.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, center visits an area damaged during floods in Las Tejerias, Venezuela, on Oct. 10.

Photographer: Matias Delacroix/AP

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, who has been holed up in Caracas for most of the past four years, is making rare trips outside the capital to survey the damage caused by massive landslides in an attempt to shore up his diminished popular support. 

Donning military fatigues and flanked by security, Maduro made two visits in the past week to Las Tejerias and Maracay, cities a few hours from Caracas that have borne the brunt of landslides caused by storms that have killed at least 57 and left dozens missing.