Watch the crude oil flowing out of Venezuela taps.
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In a shocking development in Venezuela’s on-going crisis, tap water has started running black in some areas.
Denizens in San Diego, Carabobo state, shared photos and videos of the black water on social media, complaining that it had been contaminated with oil.
The city has been receiving an intermittent supply of water for the last several months.
The situation became worse with a massive power blackout which lasted a week and completely cut water supply in some areas, according to local reports.
After the supply resumed on Wednesday, people found the water to be heavily contaminated with crude oil, making it unfit for use, let alone drink.
‘The situation for lack of water in San Diego is terrible,’ local journalist Heberlizeth González wrote on Twitter.
‘There are sectors that have spent more than 2 months without the service, like other areas of Valencia and Los Coolos.
‘This morning the water came to San Diego was terrible. Nothing suitable for consumption.’
One annoyed user added: ‘Water contaminated in much of San Diego, looks like oil, thanks for making it easier to exist in this country.’
Another wrote: ‘Good morning my people.
‘Today came the water and this super polluted truth. We do not know what we will do because we will not be able to bathe even.
‘God protect us in the Malda municipality in San Diego, and some part of the state Carabobo.’
It came a day after the country’s chief prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, initiated an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido over the blackout.
In the probe announced on Tuesday, Saab said he believes Guaido is behind the failure which has sparked looting, violence, and robberies across the country.
After Venezuela’s power grid failed on Thursday evening, most parts of the country turned dark with limited internet and phone service.
Residents in several areas were forced to scavenge for water from rivers, sewers, and drains since there was no way of pumping water into homes during the blackout.
Businesses shut down, public transport barely operated and hospitals struggled to function during the week-long crisis.
Owing to the disrupted power supply to hospitals, at least 17 patients died, mainly those with advanced kidney diseases.
Disruption of water supply is one of the most painful side effects of the countrywide blackout which the government of President Nicolas Maduro blames on US-backed sabotage, led by Guaido.
The US and opposition leader Juan Guaido blame years of corruption and mismanagement for crumbling the infrastructure of the once-wealthy South American nation that possesses the world’s largest reserves of crude oil.
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