Socialist dictator, Nicolás Maduro, blamed the problem on right-wing "terrorists" who he accuses of sabotage. 75% of Caracas residents do not consistently have access to running water, and 11% believe dirty water has caused skin problems and stomach illnesses. Millions of people now have extremely limited access to basic resources such as food and medicine due to hyperinflation. -GEG
Many Venezuelans are now facing the prospect of lack of access to clean water, a crisis affecting everything from people's homes to public hospitals, a report from Reuters detailed on Wednesday.
At the Central Venezuelan University hospital, once renowned across Latin America, many appointments, clinics, and operations have been canceled as a result of water shortages. Many of the hospital's bathrooms are closed, while patients are forced to use a tiny tap on the ground floor providing just a trickle of water.