Various diseases proliferate in communities near Lake Valencia in Aragua. Inhabitants of areas such as Aguacatal, Las Vegas, Campo Alegre and Paraparal have reported cases of dengue, diarrhea, vomiting and rashes in children and adults in recent weeks.
Auristela Lindo, a resident of the Aragua State, explained that bronchitis, asthma and fungi had been detected in her community. Another neighbor in the area, Milka Moreno, asked for a complete cleaning of the community: “They always bring machinery to clean, but it is incomplete”, she said.
The inhabitants of the area informed that the waters of the lake and that of the toilets are stagnant and get mixed, which produces more pollution.
Regional authorities say they have carried out fumigations, however, the neighbors say that it does not smell like it, the mosquitoes are increasingly more and there is no cleaning, or relocation to the most vulnerable inhabitants who have been at risk for years due to the flooding of Lake Valencia.
Anzoátegui is flooded with sewage and drinking water is wasted
The water service crisis also affects the inhabitants of Lechería, in the Anzoátegui State. Citizens denounced the overflow of sewage and clean water in some residential areas due to the poor management of Hidrocaribe. The collapse of sewage pumping stations affects different areas intermittently, neighbors say that when one sector gets repaired, it overflows in others.
Regarding the drinking water service, although in some sectors of the city there is no clean water by mains for periods of up to a week, in others the drinking water is wasted running freely through the streets.