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Power outage in Venezuela: It is a Disaster

experienced for the second Time this month, Venezuela, a multi-day power outage. In the population, the anger is rising, the heat is too much to bear. At worst,

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Power outage in Venezuela: It is a Disaster

experienced for the second Time this month, Venezuela, a multi-day power outage. In the population, the anger is rising, the heat is too much to bear. At worst, it hits the sick.

Angry inhabitants of Maracaibo, the city's highway block, because you have to live for months without water, and now the electricity is gone. For 24 hours nothing is working any more, scolds Karolina, Vera, a Enddreißigerin with a small child by the Hand. "Since yesterday, the electricity is gone. I can imagine that it's going to take this time for a long Time, until he comes again. It is getting worse and worse! No water, no electricity. Somehow, we survive." Sometimes, if you have money, there is nothing to buy. "And if there is something, it is in the Hyperinflation to tax. It is a Disaster."

This is one of many small protests that take place in the city on the lake Maracaibo, because of the unbearable supply situation daily. Without electricity, the anger rises because people can endure the humid sweltering heat of nearly 40 degrees.

"Somehow we survive", says Carolina Vera, but the Situation will getting worse and worse.

"Here it is more often dark than light"

In the district of the fishermen on the shore of the lake, the life on the road. Because it is less stuffy than in the house, in which the air conditioners are still. Because the refrigerators without power are not working, are not able to store the fishing in their catch and sell. Joan Soto puts the fish in salt, to dry them in the sun and make it durable. "We know that," he says. In Venezuela, power outages are nothing New." Here it is more often dark than light. Current there are only rationed and it always comes rare. The step backwards in the country is becoming more extreme. Us is in a bad way and all."

On the lake shore, the children spend the school-free time. Because of the power outages they always go less to school.

- kilometre-long queues at gas stations

The hardest of the power failure meets the sick: a centre for kidney patients, dozens of people wait for hours, that maybe a Generator is delivered to the dialysis equipment running again. Just three weeks ago, as the whole of Venezuela, five days of no electricity, had died in Maracaibo five patients, they report - because they had no dialysis.

Margarita Avila waiting for a treatment - whether it works to this day she does not know yet.

Margarita Avila is afraid that she is today for nothing here. Your body is already swollen and she has trouble breathing. "I badly need the dialysis," she says. "Because of the power outages, and because there is no water and everything is falling apart, give us here a shorter blood-wash than in the past. It should be enough for all, so we only get two hours instead of three and a half."

A power generator could save a life. But even if there is one, is procuring the next challenge, gasoline. In Maracaibo, the queues in front of the tank should not be kilometers long, because the pumps work without electricity, and because gasoline is in the oil-producing country is becoming increasingly scarce. The state of exception has become normality.

Venezuela - life without electricity
Anne-Katrin Mellmann, ARD Mexico City
27.03.2019 08:09 PM

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