Grid Failure Devastates City In Collapsing Venezuela by: Daniel Jennings for Off the Grid News
Life without the grid is no picnic in collapsing Venezuela. Notably, a blackout is literally taking the country’s second largest city, Maracaibo, back to the dark ages.
Looting, lack of healthcare, battles between business owners and looters, food shortages, and empty store shelves are among the blackout effects Guardian reporter Sheyla Urdaneta found in Maracaibo. Moreover, water lines, the Internet, wireless service, and telephone service no longer work in the city of 1.653 million people.
Maracaibo’s grid is collapsing because of a political crisis and the country’s failed socialist economic policies. Looting and violence are among the effects of grid collapse in Maracaibo.
Grid Failure Leads To Total Madness In Collapsing Venezuela
In fact, business owners and security guards are fighting gang members and looters in the cities. Additionally, hospitals lack medical supplies to treat people wounded in the fighting.
“It was total madness,” business association president Ricardo Acosta says of the situation in Maracaibo. For example, Urdaneta describes a Maracaibo emergency room as “like something from a war film. Dozens of patients and their families were crowded into the sweltering ward, a few lying on beds, others slumped on the bloodstained floor.”
In addition, only the hospital’s emergency room has electricity from a backup generator. The rest of University Hospital is dark because the grid is down.
Plus, Urdaneta saw doctors tell a heart-attack victim he will have to provide his own medicine – in the emergency room. To clarify, there is a shortage of medicine in Venezuela because the country’s economy is collapsing.
Grid Collapse Throws Country Into Chaos
The nightmare in Maracaibo began when the electricity went off in 18 of Venezuela’s 23 provinces on March 7. Chaos erupted because the blackout lasted for several days.