Venezuela’s starving citizens continued to struggle with the socialist nation’s crippling blackouts this week, with medical supplies vanishing as hospitals and medical facilities are plunged into darkness.
“Venezuela’s health system is in ‘utter collapse,’ according to a report, including the exponential spread of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and diphtheria and ‘dramatic surges’ in infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis,” reports the Telegraph.
“The report, to be released Thursday by Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is among the few that has sought to quantify Venezuela’s misery, as the country has ceased releasing health and nutrition data and retaliated against those who did,” adds the article.
Venezuela’s Socialist President has blamed the United States for the devastating blackouts; accusing Washington of launching “electrical warfare” against his once-rich nation.
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CRISIS DEEPENS: ‘Millions’ of Venezuelans Without Water, Food, Medicine
A series of crippling blackouts are rapidly escalating Venezuela’s severe humanitarian crisis this week; with local media reporting “millions” are coping with a lack of water, food, and medical supplies across the impoverished country.
“Millions of Venezuelans were left without running water Monday amid a series of massive blackouts, forcing President Nicolas Maduro to announce electricity rationing and school closures as the government struggles to cope with a deepening economic crisis,” writes Yahoo News.
“We have small children and we aren’t able to give them a drop of water to drink,” said one resident.
“We fill up from a well near here but we don’t know if it’s drinkable. But we’re using it,” added another.
Maduro’s recent plan involves closing schools and other government-run facilities as well as “shortening” the national work day to reduce electrical demand.
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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.
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