Caracas district installs well as water shortages hit Venezuela amid pandemic

Venezuelans with means have for years responded to water shortages by privately financing underground wells to serve their apartment buildings or houses. The Chacao well, built at a cost to the municipality of some US$30,000 will serve around 15,000 people in 42 buildings.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A district of Venezuela’s capital Caracas on Tuesday, February 17th, installed a new well to supply water to dozens of apartment buildings, as widespread shortages in the crisis-stricken country complicate hand-washing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Water shortages have long affected the municipality of Chacao in eastern Caracas - as well as other areas across the South American country - due to years of underinvestment, lack of maintenance and a shortage of qualified personnel amid an economic collapse that has deprived governments of funds.

That has made it difficult for Venezuelans to comply with their own . . .

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