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UPDATED: Linux Community Leaders Safe in Caracas

Dec 21, 1999, 17:23 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Linux Today reader Tom Adelstein writes: ]

Many people know Cesar Villanueva and Ricardo Strusberg. Only a few weeks ago they helped put together the largest Linux event in history. Linux Week in Caracas drew 22,000 people.

Cesar has translated many articles from Linux Today and made them available to Spanish speaking people in South America.

Having been out of touch with them since the floods, I finally received a reply from Ricardo via email.

From Ricardo Strusberg:

Tom,

My family, Cesar's Family, Cesar & Me are safe. In fact, we are working in a project to install Internet/Intranet servers to our government to handle data for this disaster.

Thanks for your prayers,

Ricardo

We received a second e-mail this time from Cesar.

Cesar Villanueva wrote:

Both Ricardo and I are well. The flood struck on the seashore near to Caracas and selected parts of Caracas. Luckily we live in areas that were not affected by disaster.

We are working with a government department helping them to manage the information of disaster. This is a very intensive job because of the emergency.

The situation in the affected areas is bad but in the city (Caracas) there are no major problems (i.e. we have a normal supply of foods, the businesses are working normal, etc) but the Christmas season is certainly obscured by this tragedy.