Venezuela Crisis Worsens After Power Outage

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Venezuela Crisis Worsens After Power Outage

Here one can see that not even hospitals have power hence the unlit room.

Here one can see that not even hospitals have power hence the unlit room.

Here one can see that not even hospitals have power hence the unlit room.

Here one can see that not even hospitals have power hence the unlit room.

Maria and Melanie, Editors

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SAN FERNANDO- Venezuela has been paralyzed in a sea of darkness for six days, and the situation is seemingly growing worse.

With no information as to when the power is going to come back and a political stalemate makes the position of many Venezuelans of life or death.  The power outage has affected the water pumps in Venezuela, meaning that people haven’t had access to water for several days or if they have they have to wait to fill their water bottles at public locations such as springs.

The access to food is scarce as the power outage has led to the rotting of meat and any fruits helds in refrigerators in their homes. The supermarkets that do have power and our keeping food fresh are inaccessible to most Venezuelans due to the hyperinflation. Venezuela’s poor make up 82% of the population- meaning that this power outage directly affects them.They are forced to eat the scraps of food left behind from some. This is practically starvation and it is not quite fair as these people have food, and they have water that they should be given to them but their government has decided to retain it from them. With the power outage present in Venezuela people do not have running refrigerators, active lights, hot water, running air conditions/ heaters among other things.

The governmental officials are taking the donations to the people like food among other items and bribing them so that the appalled citizens do not have anything to eat or drink. This has forced many people to dig through the trash for food. This country is in a state of disaster as it is facing a huge political upheaval that is greatly affecting its citizens.

 

The political stalemate that is taking place in Venezuela adds stress to the already horrendous crisis. The crisis started when President Nicolás Maduro was pit against opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who took the oath of office at a rally in January and is recognized by the U.S and other countries as Venezuela’s rightful leader. In addition, currently the President Maduro is blaming the power outrage on the U.S calling it an “electricity war”. There is all kinds of confusion pertaining to Venezuela at the moment. One of which includes a power outage. The president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has ordered the withdrawal of power to about 16 states. There have been reports of $400 million lost on power outages from private vectors. This is a heavy number considered the fact that the country is not even feeding their citizens.

As of now the power has returned to the country.

Sources:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/massive-power-outages-turn-deadly-in-venezuela-11552243705

https://www.vox.com/videos/2017/8/29/16201552/collapse-maduro-venezuela-explained