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Double-Decker Tour Bus Flips Down Hillside (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A double-decker bus flipped down a hillside July 9 in Lima, Peru, and killed nine people (video below).

Part of the accident on San Cristoball hill was caught on a CCTV surveillance camera. The bus crashed through a roadside barrier, and then tumbled down an embankment.

The vehicle, run by Green Bus, was bringing tourists back from the summit of San Cristoball, according to Russia Today.

More than 30 injured people were treated at two hospitals.

Bystanders rushed to help the injured at the scene of the accident, which is being investigated by authorities.

Peru's Ministry of Health said the bus looked to be moving too fast when the accident happened, notes the Daily Mail.

A disaster of another kind is happening in nearby Venezuela, where residents have resorted to rationing toothpaste in the cash-strapped economy, notes The Washington Post.

While Venezuela touts the world's largest oil reserves, which are controlled by a socialist government, the worldwide drop in gas prices sent the country's economy into a tailspin.

The South American nation is hobbled by shortages of food and medicine, and a staggering 700 percent annual inflation rate.

The immense poverty and political problems have led to anti-government uprisings that have seen thousands of protesters in the past three months, and 75 deaths linked to the demonstrations.

According to the Center of Documentation and Analysis for Workers, an independent advocacy group, the minimum wage in Venezuela will buy only 25 percent of the food needed for a family of five each month.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro increased the monthly minimum wage July 1 by 20 percent, but that may not help as Venezuela's currency is quickly plummeting.

The average worker makes about $33 per month compared to Haiti, where it is $135, and Colombia, which comes in at about $250.

Venezuela's government has created price caps on flour, pasta and rice, which means long lines for hours for those willing to stand in line for the goods.

Poverty among Venezuelan families has skyrocketed since 2014 from 48 percent to 82 percent, per a 2016 study that was published in March 2017.

The study found that 52 percent of families are experiencing severe poverty, with about 31 percent getting by on two meals per day.

Venezuelan manufacturing plants have faced a shortage of imports and raw materials, leaving about half of them churning along at half-capacity or less. Several economists have blamed the government's failed management of currency rates and prices.

One woman, Ana Margarita Rangel, who lives in a slum and works in a factory, told The Washington Post that she finds comfort in watching a wealthy American family who are famous for being famous: "I love watching the Kardashians, because you see how people that have everything live. And for a moment you forget what your life is like."

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