September 23, 2019 / 9:42 PM / 25 days ago

Britain promises 30 million pounds for medicine, clean water in Venezuela

FILE PHOTO: People walk on the street in Caracas, Venezuela September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain will provide up to 30 million pounds ($37.30 million) of funding to help aid organizations in Venezuela provide medicine and clean water, the government said on Monday.

The OPEC nation’s once-prosperous economy has collapsed under the stewardship of President Nicolas Maduro, fuelling a humanitarian crisis and shortages of food and medicine.

“The people of Venezuela are needlessly suffering as a direct result of Maduro’s refusal to accept the scale of his country’s worsening humanitarian crisis,” International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said in a statement.

The British money will also provide longer-term support to the neighboring countries to which millions of Venezuelans have fled, the government said.

Sharma called on other countries to do more.

“Neighboring countries have already shown immense generosity, and other donors must now step up or this crisis will deepen further,” Sharma said.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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