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People collect water from a broken pipe flowing into a sewage canal at the Guaire river in Caracas on March 11, 2019People collect water from a broken pipe flowing into a sewage canal at the Guaire river in Caracas on March 11, 2019 (AFP Photo/Cristian HERNANDEZ)

Caracas (AFP) – Plastic bottles and containers at the ready, Keisy Perez ignores the stench from the brown river as it slips slowly through the grimy San Agustin district of Venezuela’s capital.

The quest for drinkable water has rapidly become an obsession for millions like her in Caracas days after a crippling power blackout stalled the city’s pumps.

In this part of Caracas, the Guaire river is effectively an open sewer.

The crisis has led many to seek water

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