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Hovensa has sent some 78,000 pounds of emergency supplies to Venezuela on Wednesday and Thursday in the aftermath of recent devastating floods that have killed thousands in the South American country.
A week of torrential downpours caused massive flooding and mudslides in the country, killing between 5,000 and 30,000 people and leaving another 150,000 homeless, government officials have reported. In an effort to aid in the recovery effort, Hovensa officials sent 39,000 pounds of food, water, tents, medicine and other emergency supplies to the disaster area on a chartered 727 cargo plane.
A second plane with another 39,000 pounds of supplies was scheduled to leave for the country on Thursday.
According to a Hovensa release, Gary Miller, Hovensa’s materials manager, delivered the supplies to representatives of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., the state-owned oil company that partnered with Hess Oil of the Virgin Islands in 1998 to form the joint venture company Hovensa.
"Thousands of people in Venezuela are suffering extreme hardship due to one of the worst natural disasters the country has ever experienced," said Rene Sagebien, president and chief operating officer of Hovensa. "As soon as Hovensa heard about such tragedy the company decided to respond in a positive way in the relief effort."

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