Next today, people in Venezuela need healthcare, medicines, water, electricity, education andaccess to food. That's what an internal United Nations draft report says about conditions inthe South American country. Around 32 million people used to live there, but several millionhave fled in recent years as the economy crumbled and political instability followed. The UNsays it's trying to work with Venezuela's government to get help to its people, but thegovernment says there is no crisis and it’s blocked or restricted aid deliveries.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The alarming UN draft report says that up to94 percent of Venezuelans are living in poverty — 94 percent for a country that has arguablythe largest oil reserves on the planet. The report also says that almost 2 million people areexpected to leave this country just this year because of the ongoing crisis. Across Venezuela, there are still blackouts and also water shortages. We saw people here in Caracas on themountainside collecting water for their daily needs. This is how one person saw the situation.
INTERPRETER: Us Venezuelans — we're very upset. Listen brother. We don't have power. Wedon't have water. Services work badly. It's — I don't even know how to explain. If it was forme, we would have forced this government out. Five people come forward, they get killed andnothing is achieved.
MCKENZIE: Schools have been closed and workers have been told to go home early. Here inthe capital the subway system isn't working and people are having to cram on buses just to getto and from work. The president of the country, embattled Nicolas Maduro is standing by thepromises to bring back the power and says schools will open next week. In a live televisionbroadcast with cabinet members and other government officials, he blamed the power outageson the terrorist attacks, something he's done before even though experts say the main issuehas been investment and allegations of corruption against the regime.
Despite anger on the street, the regime is trying to maintain its grip on power. The LoyalistSupreme Court saying that they want the opposition leader Juan Guaido's immunity to bestripped from him and so that they can move with potential allegations and even arrests inthe coming days.
Guaido is calling for intervention from countries around the region and across the globe butat this stage, Maduro isn't going anywhere. David McKenzie, Caracas, Venezuela.