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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.>>
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Venezulea. It needs 1,000 liters of water to keep exotic water lilies from around the world alive.
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>> Crumbling infrastructure and lack of investments have hit Venezuela's water supply for years, made worse by a recent drought. Reuters correspondent
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is standing by the garden's largest lake, shaped like Venezuela, now half empty.>> And as you can see behind me, there's
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>> 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.
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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.