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Venezuela, an oil rich country is suffering lack of drinking water right now due to economy collapse.

This is as a result of economic collapse which has left most homes without reliable running water.

Therefore, the residents of Caracas like Iraima Moscoso saw water pooling at an abandoned construction site as the end of suffering for thousands of her poor neighbours. Due to economy meltdown.

An estimated 86 percent of Venezuelans reported unreliable water service, including 11 percent who have none at all, according to an April survey by the nonprofit Venezuelan Observatory of Public Services. ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO

Meanwhile, the workers building a highway tunnel through the mountain had stopped work fue to lack of water.

Yet, spring water continued to collect inside the viaduct and then stream past their homes, wasted. The construction firm had also left behind coils of tube.

59 years old Moscoso urged her neighbours to salvage the materials and build their own system. Since the bad economy is hitting hard.

Residents fill their containers with water provided by a government tanker truck in the Petare neighbourhood of Caracas. ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO

However, they tapped into the tunnel’s vast lagoon and running the waterline to their homes.

Commendably, today, they are free of the city’s crumbling service and enjoy what many in Venezuela consider a luxury.


“Everybody here has water,” said Moscoso, seated on the stairs of her hillside neighbourhood of cinder block homes. “We all benefit.”

A woman untangles an electrical cord and a hose to pump from a large container of water provided by a government water truck, in the Petare area of Caracas. ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO

Nevertheless, Venezuela’s water crisis is not new. But it has started driving residents to extraordinary measures.

The water shortage is making residents to come together to rig their own water systems. And even dig shallow wells manually at home.

Today, water is more important as a way to protect against the coronavirus pandemic.

Buckets, some of them filled with water provided by a government tanker truck, stand in the living room of a house in the Petare neighbourhood of Caracas. ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO

According to Maria Eugenia Gil, who works at Caracas-based nonprofit Clear Water Foundation, residents have no other choice than to hunt for water. Breaking a nationwide quarantine that was imposed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

“They are exposing themselves to illness or possibly spreading the virus to others,” she said.

A car drives past hauling a plastic water tank on its rooftop, in the Petare neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela. ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO

“They don’t have an alternative,” Gil said. “You can’t stay at home locked inside if you don’t have water.”

Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro’s government has accused political foes of sabotaging pump stations. And recently celebrated the purchase of a fleet of 1,000 “super tanker” trucks from China to deliver water to residents.

According to an April survey of 4,500 residents by the nonprofit Venezuelan Observatory of Public Services. About 86 percent of Venezuelans has reported unreliable water service. This include 11 percent who have no water at all.

Moscoso, who proudly organised her neighbours to build their own system, estimates that 5,000 people in her neighbourhood now have water.

“The water started flowing in May”, said Moscoso, who works at the mayor’s office.

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Source : Aljazeera.com

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