Drowning in Dirty Water

In Venezuela, waterborne illnesses have whole families laid up and adults unable to work in an already-spiraling economy. From shantytowns to wealthy gated communities, no one is shielded.

Venezuela’s government doesn’t release health data, but New York Times-commissioned researchers found that a third of water samples collected didn’t meet national norms. Yet government utilities issued no public alerts, flouting their own rules.

The scourge has been building for years. Infant mortality from diarrhea has increased 6-fold compared to 15 years ago. In 2000, 60% of Venezuelans had consistent access to safe drinking water—just 30% do today.

The New York Times

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