Brazilian shelters overwhelmed by influx of Venezuelans Mar 09, 2018 0 366 12345 AFPBoa Vista, BrazilAs soon as the traffic lights turn red, a swarm of young Venezuelans with sponges and plastic bottles of detergent surround cars offering to clean the windshield for a bit of spare change.Others fleeing economic hardship at home and trying to get by in this city in Brazil's north stand on corners and wield signs advertising their workplace skills.More discretely, and at night, Venezuelan women work street corners to sell sex in this capital city of the state of Roraima, which borders the crisis-stricken Venezuela. There are Venezuelans everywhere in plazas, in parks, you name it. Those capable pool their money and rent a place to live. City hall in Boa Vista estimates there are some 40,000 Venezuelans in this city of 330,000 -- but nobody knows for sure."We are facing a humanitarian crisis,"Mayor Teresa Surita said. She said the Brazilian central government has been slow to deal with the massive influx over the past three years of Venezuelans fleeing shortages of food, medicine and work back home."There have been a lot of meetings and not much action,"she said."We are always in crisis mode because of the lack of planning."The government in Brasilia recently announced measures to confront the crisis. But you would never know that in the streets of Boa Vista, where it is hard to walk without tripping over somebody from Venezuela, desperately trying to survive.Three makeshift shelters were set up last year, but they only have room to accommodate some 1,500 people, a third of those deemed to be in absolutely desperate conditions.The government estimates between 500 and 1,200 Venezuelans cross the border -- situated about 215 kilometers from Boa Vista into Brazil every day. Many obtain legal status by declaring themselves refugees or receive temporary residence. Then they move on to Boa Vista in search of work. But few find anything. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Snow storm in US Northeast closes schools, snarls commutes Mar 09, 2018 0 509 US president vows to be flexible towards 'real friends' on tariffs Mar 09, 2018 0 308 Eleven nations sign revamped TPP deal without US Mar 09, 2018 0 241 19 Venezuelan soldiers arrested on treason charges: Report Caracas: At least 19 Venezuelan army officers have been arrested on charges of rebellion and treason, the digital newspaper Tal Cual reported Thursday. The detained officers were commanders or second-in command. The .. Ex-Trump aide probed by US House committee over Russia WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, arrived at the US Capitol on Thursday to be interviewed by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as it .. US tariffs, quotas unacceptable, says Canada trade minister SANTIAGO: Canada's trade minister reiterated on Thursday the country's stance that it will accept no duties or quotas from the United States, speaking just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump was slated .. US judge questions whether Trump can block Twitter users Reuters NEW YORK A federal judge on Thursday expressed skepticism about whether US President Donald Trump can constitutionally block Twitter users whose views he does not like from following and retweeting from his own .. US agencies need to join efforts against Russian cyber threat: Nato commander AFP Washington US government agencies are not adequately coordinating efforts to counter the cyber threat from Russia, even as Moscow conducts a"campaign of destabilization,"the commander of NATO forces in Europe .. FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race AFP Bogota Colombia's FARC said Thursday it is pulling out of the country's presidential race after its candidate, 59-year-old ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo"Timochenko"Londono, suffered a heart attack. ..