Thousands of Venezuelans break through barricades on Colombian border bridge after flooding

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela and Colombia on Tuesday, according to the migration office in Bogota.

The bridge was blockaded in February, when Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro ordered the military to put up barricades to stop US-backed attempts to bring humanitarian aid into the country. Many Venezuelans used unofficial crossings over the Tachira River instead. However, recent torrential rains made that impossible.

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Venezuelans cross Colombian border carrying suitcases, mattresses and bed frames

Hundreds of #Venezuelans were seen crossing the Tachira River into #Colombia, near the border town of #Cucuta on Monday morning.
Footage shows some of the people walking across the shallow river carrying suitcases, mattresses and bed frames.

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People use illegal trails to cross the Colombia-Venezuela border

People use illegal trails to cross between Colombia and Venezuela, as the border bridges between the two countries remain closed. This alternative is mainly used by Venezuelans, who cross into the neighboring country to buy food and medicines and bring them back across the Tachira River. IMAGES