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>> Green thumbs can only do so much here. This is Caracas' botanical garden, a UNESCO world heritage site once popular with tourists and locals seeking serenity. But the gardens have been dry since March.>>
Venezulea. It needs 1,000 liters of water to keep exotic water lilies from around the world alive.
>> Crumbling infrastructure and lack of investments have hit Venezuela's water supply for years, made worse by a recent drought. Reuters correspondent
is standing by the garden's largest lake, shaped like Venezuela, now half empty.>> And as you can see behind me, there's
>> The acclaimed two meter wide Santa Cruz water lily has already dried out. Other prized collections are also in decay.>> In the entrance of the park there used to be this huge road that had palm trees surrounding it, and now most of them are dead.>> Adding insult to injury, the director of the gardens says looters stole some pipes and part of the sprinkler system last year.
They also stripped the gardens of their electric cables, computers, and irrigation pipes making it impossible to maintain the rare aquatic plants that were being grown in a specially designed greenhouse. Staff have petitioned the government for more resources. But with Venezuelans themselves facing a water shortage, queuing up for hours to fill water bottles, the future of the garden does not look rosy.