Thirsty Venezuelans swarmed sewage drains in desperate search of much-needed water after Venezuela‘s nationwide blackout.
The longest nationwide power outage in world history has plunged Venezuela into total chaos, with businesses and schools closed and people left without running water and medicine.
And this folks is how you get an epidemic started.
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, Caracas.
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.
Unlike the fetid liquid flowing through the Guaire river, the water emerging from the pipe was at least clear. Those who gathered to collect it said the water had been released by local authorities from reservoirs. They added, however, that it was being carried through unsanitary pipes and should only be used to flush toilets or scrub floors.
“I’ve never even seen this before. It’s horrible, horrible,” said Tejedor, preparing to carry the container on a small hand cart back to her home in the neighborhood of San Agustin. Tejedor, who works at a computer technology store, has a two-year-old daughter and takes care of two nieces. “The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” she said.
The lack of water has become one of the most excruciating side effects of the nationwide blackout that the government of President Nicolas Maduro has blamed on U.S.-backed sabotage but his critics call the product of corruption and incompetence. More
Venezuela is a totally failed state as a result of the totally failed ideology of socialism. While Maduro is filthy rich and refuses to leave because he wants more. This is what Socialism always turns into. Every single time it’s ever been tried in the history of the world.
It doesn’t matter how wealthy the country was, in the beginning, they always end up in abject poverty for the masses with only the political elites with all the wealth.