Thirty-two Venezuelan migrants are lacking after the boat they have been travelling on sank on its method to the island of Curaçao, a politician mentioned.
The group left a village within the north-western Falcón state on a speedboat on Friday. Kin mentioned they’d not heard from the group since.
It was the third Venezuelan migrant boat to capsize in current weeks.
Some 4 million folks have fled Venezuela since 2015, in line with the United Nations.
A extreme years-long financial disaster has resulted in excessive unemployment and shortages of meals and drugs, and tons of of hundreds of individuals are mentioned to be in want of humanitarian help within the oil-rich nation.
“No-one has been in contact with their households, which makes us concern the worst,” mentioned opposition politician Luis Stefanelli, who accused the federal government of “felony negligence” for not deploying groups to seek for the lacking.
Venezuelan authorities haven’t but commented.
The Dutch island of Curaçao is about 40 miles (64km) off the Venezuelan coast. Mr Stefanelli mentioned every individual had paid $400 (£313) for the crossing in a rustic the place the month-to-month minimal wage is round $6.70.
Two different boats carrying migrants sank on separate journeys to Trinidad and Tobago in April and Could, leaving greater than 50 lacking in complete.
Final week, the UN refugee company (UNHCR) and the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM) mentioned the exodus from the nation meant that Venezuelans have been now “one of many single largest inhabitants teams displaced from their nation”.
Latin American international locations host the overwhelming majority of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. Colombia has essentially the most at 1.three million, adopted by Peru with 768,000, in line with UN figures.
However international locations in Central America and the Caribbean additionally host important numbers of Venezuelans.
The federal government of President Nicolás Maduro says the shortages are a results of a US-led “financial warfare”. The opposition argues that they’re the results of mismanagement and corruption by socialist governments.
The disaster deepened in January after Mr Guaidó, the top of the Nationwide Meeting, declared himself interim president, arguing that Mr Maduro’s re-election final 12 months had been “illegitimate”.
He has since been recognised by greater than 50 international locations, together with the US and most of Latin America. However Mr Maduro retains the loyalty of a lot of the army and vital allies equivalent to China and Russia.
In April, Mr Guaidó led a failed try and spark a army revolt towards Mr Maduro, who described the trouble as a part of a US-orchestrated coup. Since then, shut allies of Mr Guaidó have been arrested. Whereas his parliamentary immunity has been lifted, he has to date not been jailed.