Rain Check

After an especially brutal dry season, Caraqueños are singing in the rain. And by singing, we mean mentando madre pareja.


Finally, some rain came Caracas’ way, and caraqueños were thankful. But it took less that 48 hours from the beginning of the chaparrón for caraqueños to remember why they hate rain so much.

Yes, the yellow haze that’s been hovering over the city seems to have left, and the temperature is back on this side of bearable. But that came at a price: so far 68 rain related incidents have been reported, while the levels of the Guaire River that runs through Caracas went up over two meters during the recent downpours. There’s fallen trees, flooded neighborhoods, and a friggin’ police station now underwater; the spread of the impact is as wide as the valley Caracas lies in. And brace yourselves, fellow capitalinos: INAMEH, the National Meteorological Institute, estimates 48 more hours of rain.

The beginning of the rainy season is always a reminder of how foreign the concept of prevention is to Venezuelans. It crossed nobody’s mind to sweep garbage and dead leaves out of the drainage systems, and we’re yet again paying the price of chronic negligence.

Images from all over town, from the impoverished downtown to the fancy-shmancy southeast, reveal how fragile the concepct of “normalcy” in Caracas is. All it takes is two bouts of rain for things to go haywire. Granted, it did rain a lot, but this is peanuts compared to the monsoon-like rainy seasons we’ve seen in years past (Deslave de Vargas, anyone?).

It’s a matter of time before the government switches its discourse from “we desperately need more rain” to “we were not prepared for this much rain”. Because, as we all know, it’s the weather, and not the government, that has Venezuela in the shitter.

Rob and Fab, take it away.

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  1. Seriously… “Rob and Fab, take it away”

    Their success turned to infamy when Morvan, Pilatus and their agent Sergio Vendero confessed that Morvan and Pilatus did not actually sing any of the vocals heard on the record.

    • Assuming whomever made that video knows what they are talking about, that is an insane level of incompetence with potentially tremendous consequences.

  2. Incidentally, how is Guri dam these days? The last report I can find is from April 13th at 242.88 meters. Has the situation improved?

  3. I cant believe this is not deliverable done. TI sounds like they wan to create more damnificados which ironically means more votes for Maduro. It is like we want you to be fucked so you depend on us.

    And lets be honest, the lack of maintenance happened all over the city. Not only on chavista controlled counties but also under MUD’s.

    The reality is that no matter how much you clean the drainage and estuaries, the drainage system cant hold the amount of construction that has been happening in Caracas. More constructions means more concrete and consequently less percolation. Nowadays there is more water running down the streets than 20 years ago but that is not an excuse, a normal (notice I did say proactive, that would be too much to ask) engineer would have known the system needs to be upgraded.

    All this remind me to Barranquilla, a town in Colombia that spend all their money into the Carnaval but nothing upgrading drainage or sewer system. Every time it rains, rivers of mud and sewer run down the street but “it doesn’t matter because we have the best carnaval in the world”


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