From "damn nuisance" to something more


Flooded house in Falcón

After the wettest November on record, Venezuela is experiencing serious flooding all through the long Caribbean coast.

Granted, bits of the country flood every time it rains hard – a legacy of 75 years of botched urban planning and waterway management. But with more rain forecast for the next several days, the situation now seems set to go from big inconvenience to something much worse.

The hillsides from Falcón all the way west to Margarita are already saturated with water, and we know what happens when it keeps raining hard after you reach that point.

Ultimas Noticias seems to have the best photography on the latest flooding. Check this out.

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  1. In this age, and worse yet, under Socialism, a role for the State is magically found, to meddle with everything under the Sun.

    From promoting some or other popular group (unjustly persecuted and maybe unpopular in the past, I am not sure how promoting them instead of enforcing good old tolerance helps) to making sure the economy and maybe some “exports” grow before the next election by printing free money for credit and devaluation (and seeding the next bust) to micro-mis-managing State enterprises and import-export.

    But there are roles that for the State. From before the Romans. Unimportant, trivial ones, for sure in front of building happiness for everybody. Like building and keeping public roads and ports open and traffic flowing. Building sewers, keeping channels clear and draining swamps for the sake of preventing epidemics and flooding. Making the cities, fields and highways safe, pillage and bandit-free. You can call these “keeping the darkness at bay”, the basics of keeping civilization running.

    We get to notice and to suffer when there has been continuous neglect of these unimportant roles. It looks pretty much like Venezuela looks now. It’s not that sudden if you see it from the ground. How every rain brings more debris onto the road, that didn’t get there before. How it is no longer safe, even in the daytime, to travel. Things. Then there is a slightly abnormal situation. It becomes a catastrophe. Much like Venezuela now. What will transpire with the next situation?

  2. It´s a shame that this happens every time it rains. It´s so common that it is hard to feign surpirse. In any case I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that the people writing at Ultimas Noticias should go back to grade school and learn their grammar, I mean… jeez, how difficult can it be to just spell the words correctly? These guys should be working for the government, at least there they would not stand out.

  3. Unfortunately this government looks like the epitome of an old Gringo joke about Mexicans:

    A Gringo notices that the roof of the house of his Mexican acquaintance is leaking, and asks why doesn’t he fix it. The Mexican looks at the Gringo oddly and says, “But, Señor… I cannot feeex the roof when eeet rain like theees.” The Gringo, frustrated at his failure to communicate, says, “Well, of course I meant that you should fix it when it isn’t raining.” However, the Mexican is now even more confused and he responds, “But, Señor… When eeeet no rain, the roof, he no leeeak.”

    • If words and jokes were bombs and shells and we Latin Americans floated on a ship of our own pretenses…

      Then this one broke through the decks, all the way to the gunpowder magazine and blew there…


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