The longest nationwide power outage in Venezuela has plunged the country into chaos, with businesses and schools closed and people left without running water and medicine. Venezuelans were seen Tuesday fetching water from polluted river and drainage pipes.
Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro has blamed the chaos on U.S.-backed sabotage but his critics do not believe it has anything to do with foreign interference. They believe it is because of the president’s incompetence and widespread corruption in the country.
The blackout has worsened the situation of Venezuela – a country already facing a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has caused mass migration and turned basic items like corn flour and toilet paper into luxuries for most people.
After five days without electricity and water, Venezuelans are complaining of increasingly infrequent showers, unwashed dishes, and stinking toilets.
On Monday March 11, the U.S. said it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country’s embassy in Caracas had become a “constraint” on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Watch Venezuelans collecting water from drainage pipes