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In Venezuela, you can't even die without running into a shortage

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A worker builds a coffin in a casket factory in Caracas, Venezuela, in November 2012. Venezuela has a shortage of caskets right now.

Venezuela's economy has been hobbled, with shortages of even the most basic items, like toilet paper.

But now, shortages are starting to impact the final stage of life. Production of coffins has declined by 20 to 30 percent, because of lack of materials. That's led to delays in funerals and has sent the price of caskets soaring. The Guardian reports one coffin company executive predicts that in two to three months, there won't be enough caskets to bury all who die there.

Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and little hard currency available to purchase imports.

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