There were no reports of further unrest in Maracaibo on Wednesday, the day after the looting, as people formed long lines outside shops that hadn't been damaged and were selling food. But business leaders said devastation to the city's commercial life, of a kind unseen elsewhere in Venezuela during blackouts, would complicate efforts to provide staple goods to people in the region.
Ricardo Acosta, a vice president of a business association in northwest Zulia state, of which Maracaibo is the capital said "It was total madness."
He said looters sacked a cigarette factory, and even stole the furniture from a church during a rampage Monday and Tuesday. According to him, an estimate 500 businesses were looted.