A series of crippling new blackouts struck Venezuela Monday and Tuesday, with multiple reports of violence and looting across major cities as residents struggle to find food, medical supplies, and other basic necessities.
“In the second city of Maracaibo, the crippling blackout sparked a terrifying rampage that police seemed unable to control,” reports the Guardian. “Some liken the damage wrought on Venezuela’s second city to a natural disaster.”
“Most, however, describe the mayhem in psychiatric terms: a collective breakdown that shocked this lakeside city to its core and offered a terrifying glimpse of Venezuela’s possible future as it sinks deeper into economic, political and social decline,” adds the author.
“Horror, fear, despair,” is how one local resident described the political and social chaos. “I thought it was the start of a civil war.”
Read the full report at the Guardian.
DEVELOPING: Desperate Venezuelans Turn to ‘Sewage Pipes’ for Water as Blackout Continues
Desperate Venezuelans turned to “sewage drains” and other drastic measures to obtain water Tuesday as the nation’s blackout continued to cripple the country’s infrastructure and crumbling economy.
“As Venezuela’s five-day power blackout left homes without water, Lilibeth Tejedor found herself looking for it on Monday in the last place she would have imagined – a drain pipe feeding into a river carrying sewage through the capital,” reports Reuters.
“Tejedor, 28, joined dozens of people who had flocked to the Guaire river, which snakes along the bottom of a sharp ravine alongside Caracas’ main highway, to fill up a four-gallon (15 liter) plastic container,” adds the report.
“The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” said one resident.
Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro has publicly blamed the blackout on US authorities; accusing the Trump administration of launching “electrical warfare” against his regime.
Read the full report at Reuters.
DEVELOPING: Venezuela’s Taps TURNS BLACK, Water Delivered in Cement Trucks
The escalating humanitarian crisis in Venezuela turned worse Thursday when the nation’s tap water ran black with oil as starving residents scramble to find food and other basic supplies across the impoverished country.
“Venezuelans have woken up to find their tap water running black in the latest crisis to hit the beleaguered South American nation,” reports the Daily Mail. “Residents in San Diego, Carabobo state, flooded social media with pictures and videos of the black water while complaining it had been contaminated with oil.”
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Government agencies delivered drinking water to desperate locals with cement trucks Wednesday as residents struggle to deal with the week-long blackout that has crippled the once oil-rich nation.
Read the full report at the Daily Mail.