Venezuelans continue to suffer the shortage of services, this has greatly diminished their quality of life and created great danger amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Without water, gas and electricity, citizens have had to overcome the crisis on their own.
In Lara State, the inhabitants of Barquisimeto took to the streets to protest the innumerable deficiencies in the public services provided by the State, which have not ever been attended to by the corresponding agencies.
The residents of the San Vicente sector, in Barquisimeto, denounced the great shortage of water through mains and the collapse of the sewage service on the main avenue for more than 15 days that ended up destroying the asphalt.
The collapse of sewers represents a danger both for the community of the sector and for the vehicles that pass through this very busy main road that gives access to ‘Avenida Ribereña’ and the Barquisimeto airport.
They say that several vehicles have already fallen into this still relatively small hole and fear that with the passage of time it will become larger.
“There are areas that have not received piped water for more than a year, we have to supply ourselves with cisterns (tank trucks),” denounced Héctor Seguerí, a resident of the sector.
Furthermore, he pointed out that as Venezuelans they demand permanent water in their homes, since paying five dollars a week in water trucks does not allow them to fully cover their food bill.
Citizens reaffirmed that they have gone several times to the hydrological (water) company attached to the governorate of the region but have not received a solution, since the excuse they are given is that there is no budget.
The constant blackouts also present another problem for the communities, who have denounced that the lack of public lighting has made them more vulnerable to common criminals.
On the other hand, Anzoátegui State is another entity seriously affected by the collapse of the drinking water distribution network, denounced Governor Antonio Barreto Sira.
Mr. Barreto assured that the hydrological agency under the Ministry of the Environment does not allow the government to intervene in aqueduct rescue plans.
“While the ‘Hidrocaribe’ (regional water company, government run) encourages the closing of the taps, we turn on the engines of our tank trucks, while it fosters the crisis of the dry taps with the absence of investment with its sectarian policy with financial suffocation, we cling to solutions from Anzoátegui, this government defends the rights,” he said.
Many areas of the state have suffered for months after the suspension of the service, affecting their quality of life and the development of their normal activities.