Survival Guide Electric Rationing in Venezuela

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How to survive without waterBarquisimeto is a very hot Venezuelan city, living with power rationing is condemning us to a situation of hardship. Because we can not refrigerate water bottles to drink cold water, we can not have air conditioners that cool us and we can cope with the inclement heat of the day day.

The electric rationing has made a dent in the daily life of all, although we are accustomed to the heat, because we were born and grew up here, it is also true that we had electric power to combat the heat. Electricity rationing has reduced the quality of life, not only to those who live in Barquisimeto, but also to the Zulia people, but to all Venezuelans, but we must recognize that in Zulia it has been worse.

Getting food is a difficult challenge to complete each day, because you can not get food, which is achieved at exorbitant prices, some take advantage of it and sell it in dollars and others only in cash that is not there either and it is necessary to go several times to bank to achieve the money required to buy the product we need, because there is no regular electricity, banking platforms do not work, to make transfers or payment by cards. The telephone lines are totally out of service, the only way to communicate is to get someone to facilitate the loading of our cell phones, and for someone from abroad to call us since national calls are also collapsed due to lack of maintenance, we can not pay basic services or telephony. For people who want to charge cell phone batteries, they charge us up to $ 2 for 10 minutes, and that's only 5 percent of the battery.

Another problem with food, apart from getting it, is, once it is achieved, it is preparing it, since not only do we not have regular electrical energy, but another problem that comes with the lack of electrical energy is the total and absolute lack of water, but in addition, it adds that there is no gas to cook, therefore, we can not cook, because there is no gas, we could cook with electric cookers, but having no electricity, we can not cook.

Many of us survive by eating bread (some bakeries have generators), we also eat cookies, but our diet is deplorable. If we manage to get meat, chicken, or fish, which is a luxury due to the high cost, we must make queues, more than 8 hours, to buy only one chicken, and as soon as we have it, we have to find who can help us lend a kitchen with gas or electric plant to be able to cook it and not lose it, and we share with them the food. Many people are choosing to cook with firewood.

Nor is it easy with water shortages, as there is no electricity, we do not get water from the dams, others seek desperate water from the sewage, thus risking their physical integrity and health. Those who suffer most from this water shortage are babies, young children and the elderly who need special care. Many people turn to churches, political organizations so they can eat, bathe, and wash their clothes.

The patients of dialysis, have their treatments paused for weeks, risking their lives, only by an electrical rationing, which does not seek to solve the problem. Instead of rationing the electric power, the underlying problem of this serious situation must be solved so that the electrical system works efficiently for the whole country. Other patients who need treatment with medicines that require refrigeration, must queue at pharmacies that sell them at the most expensive price, usually much more expensive than their commercial price, but there are other pharmacies that are much more generous, and give away those medications, knowing that there are patients who can die, and that they themselves, as a pharmacy, can not refrigerate said medications.

The critical situation of the Lara state has led many Larenses to despair, has led them to the point of looting food from commercial stores, the authorities do not avoid such looting, but as citizens we make the grave mistake of protesting, due to the lack of light, water, cash, food, medicines and gas, send the so-called "collectives", which are nothing but Cuban paramilitaries, to repress the people, throw tear gas bombs from helicopters, many of these bombs falling on a person's head, has killed them. They also repress us with high-caliber weapons, they no longer use rubber bullets, but real bullets, and once they kill someone, they steal their belongings, like mercenaries at war.

In the Lara state, we live in a post-apocalyptic, horror movie state, only it's not a movie. Without water, without electricity, without food, without medicines, many choose to make groups and walk to the Simón Bolívar bridge, to try to make a new life in Colombia, knowing that the "government" has closed this bridge and has blocked them with shipping containers, but Maduro's military, does not allow us to cross the bridge. Our children die, our grandparents die, for lack of food, medicine, bullets. The electric crisis aggravates the health emergency in Venezuela. Due to the electrical crisis there is a gloomy picture of millions of students without classes. Supply problems of all kinds are aggravated. Banking platforms collapse.

In hospitals, the relatives of patients must carry not only medical supplies such as syringes, gloves, medicines, but also food and even soap and water. Sheets and towels.

People complain that televisions, refrigerators and other electrical appliances are burned when electric power returns, but Maduro's government says that it will be responsible for selling these devices, avoiding the responsibility it has in burning them. imposes an electrical rationing that gives the name "Cargo Administration" that does not meet scheduled schedules and in many places have more than 6 days without electrical power, other solutions proposed is not to use computer equipment, turn off the lamps, televisions etc if not they are being used, however; this does not solve the underlying problem, to have a continuous and reliable supply of electric power.

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