40-year-old Luis Chourio spent two mornings last week at a gas station in a city less than 80 miles from the capital of Caracas, waiting for hours to fill up his pickup truck.
But each time he made it to a pump, he was told he would have to come back tomorrow. (2/5)
The wasted trips used up what little was left in his gas tank, and last Tuesday three men had to push his truck from the highway down a long hill to a pump, where he was finally able to fuel up. http://nbcnews.to/2IhkfH3 (3/5)
Hours-long lines for gas have become more common, especially in states within the interior.
While Caracas has been largely spared of long lines thus far, Venezuelans in other states are in such desperate need they'll sleep overnight outside gas stations. (4/5)
Venezuela is facing an economic crisis, with widespread shortages of basic goods and massive hyperinflation. According to the government’s own data, the inflation rate hit 130,060% in 2018.
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