Millions of Venezuelans saw their quality of life return to the “middle ages” this week as the country continued to struggle with crippling blackouts, lack of drinking water, and dwindling medical supplies across the nation.
“Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago,” reports Yahoo News.
“El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash dishes and scrub clothes. The taps in their homes are dry from lack of electricity to the city’s water pumps,” adds the article.
“We’re forced to get water from sources that obviously aren’t completely hygienic. But it’s enough for washing or doing the dishes,” said one resident.
“People need to eat. We let them take food and they will pay us when bank transfers come back,” added one shop owner.
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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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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.
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