Mountain park becomes public bath amid Venezuela crisis

  • In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 photo, a man washes clothes in a stream that comes down from El Avila National Park in Caracas, Venezuela. Hundreds living in Caracas without running water each day hike from their homes up Avila’s winding trails to bathe, wash clothes and collect water to carry home. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019 photo, a woman bathes in one of the streams that comes down from El Avila National Park in Caracas, Venezuela. Generations living in Venezuela’s capital have cherished Avila, a towering tree-covered mountain that breathes life into the crowded city below. This natural treasure has now been relegated, at a time of the country’s deepening crisis, to an outdoor bathroom. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 photo, a man get undressed before he bathes in one of the streams that comes down from El Avila National Park in Caracas, Venezuela. El Avila National Park, which for decades has been the icon and lung of the capital, has now been transformed into a large public bath where hundreds of people come every day to take a bathe and collect water. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela — After generations of breathing life into Venezuela’s crowded capital, the tree-covered slopes of El Avila mountain looming above Caracas are being transformed into a public bath amid worsening power failures that are disrupting life in the crisis-wracked country.

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