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 gas supplies. To buy the few gas bottles they can find, they have to stand in long lines and sellers demand payments in cash or dollars.
The shortage of public services persists throughout Zulia state, where residents do not have piped gas, so they must resort to gas tanks, which are difficult to find.
The price of a gas tank is quoted according to the parallel dollar market, from 200,000 bolivars onwards, and payment is only in cash, which is also scarce.
“Every day it is more difficult first to get it (the gas) and second to get the money to be able to buy it in bolivars. Because otherwise it costs too much and also the problem to take it (the bottle) and go get it, if you take too long, they want to charge you more,” said David Navarro, an inhabitant of the sector.
“We don’t have electricity, we don’t have water, we don’t even have internet. When I would I ever imagine buying firewood to cook, sometimes we don’t know what to do,” said a neighbor from the sector.
Despair and indignation grows in society in the face of an inefficient national and regional government that are incapable of solving the problems of the population, who have resorted to buying firewood to be able to cook due to the scarcity of public services.