The year 2020 began with an increase in the needs of the whole of Venezuela. In the municipality of San Francisco, in the state of Zulia, residents are suffering from the lack of domestic (cooking) gas supplies. To buy the few gas bottles they can find, they have to stand in long lines and vendors demand payments in cash or dollars.
“The gas bottles are very expensive and the medium size ones don’t last me a month because I don’t think they fill them completely,” said Julia Caderón, a woman from Zulia state.
In Ocumare de la Costa, Aragua State, the crisis is the same. The vendors in this state take away the gas bottles and take days to fill them.
“They take too long, 20 to 15 days. And if and when the bottle arrives and you take a day to look for it, it’s already 10 thousand bolivars more that you have to pay,” said Freddy Arias, an inhabitant of Aragua.
Jesús Guerrero, owner of an inn in the same state, said that he has not been able to offer hot water in his business because he has gas heaters and has not been able to buy even the small bottles.
When they are lucky enough to have electricity, the citizens take advantage and cook with electric stoves, and if it is not possible, they improvise with wood, which has caused them respiratory problems.