Latest updates on country situation
27 February 2024
Food access continues to be a struggle for people in Venezuela, especially households living below the poverty line. The political and socioeconomic crisis, marked by increasing inflation and foreign exchange rates, contributes to increasing food prices. The cost of a basic food basket recorded a 347% increase between October 2022 and October 2023, reducing people’s purchasing power and leading to the use of potentially harmful coping strategies. These strategies include child labour and forced engagement in sexual work for money, goods, or services, increasing protection risks. Based on a recent survey of 11,000 households across 20 states, over 94% of the population do not have sufficient income to purchase goods and services, and above 30% are forced to engage in low-income informal work to access essential services, including food. (OCHA 27/02/2024, HumVenezuela 30/11/2023, Caracas Chronicles 30/09/2021)
These crises have been identified through the INFORM Severity Index, a tool for measuring and comparing the severity of humanitarian crises globally.
REG002 - Venezuela Regional Crisis
Last updated 28/11/2023
VEN001 - Complex crisis
Last updated 29/11/2023
4.3 Very High
20 July 2023
Venezuela Anticipation of flooding
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Since 26 May, there have been heavy rains across Venezuela, especially in the states of Zulia, Táchira, Mérida, Trujillo, Amazonas, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro and Esequibo. The first tropical wave (an elongated area of relatively low air pressure, which moves from east to west across the tropics) of the rainy season (typically between May and November) occurred in June and resulted in flooding.
03 November 2022
Mexico: Venezuelan people stranded in Mexico
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On 12 October, the US Department of Homeland Security announced joint actions with Mexico to create a more orderly and safe immigration system for Venezuelans. This aims to reduce the number of people arriving at the southwestern US border. At the same time, the number of stranded people unlikely to reach their destination is increasing, and the response capacity is overwhelmed.
21 January 2021
Colombia and Venezuela: Needs and vulnerabilities of the Caminantes
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This report is based on a secondary data review, supplemented by interviews with members of civil society, INGOs, and UN agencies. Although the issue of caminantes is understood to be a regional phenomenon that affects multiple countries, because of the availability of information the focus of this report is on Colombia and Venezuela.
27 May 2020
Venezuela: COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms health system
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In Venezuela, the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on 13 March 2020 and containment measures were introduced over the following weeks. An increase in cases is likely, due to an inconsistent adherence to the lockdown, limited PCR testing, and limitations on regular access to hygiene related to water shortages.
28 March 2019
Venezuela: Situational update and 2019 outlook
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The socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela continued to deteriorate throughout 2018, leading to further collapse of services, deterioration of health facilities, food security, and nutrition among the population, and one of the biggest mass displacements in South America’s history.