Chaos reigns at Burning Man as torrential rains transform the desert into a treacherous quagmire, stranding thousands. One death occurs as attendees scramble for higher ground. Ordered to shelter, then told to flee, many now face a harrowing survival ordeal.
Mired in thickening muck, Burners endure soaked tents and vehicles stuck fast in the oozing mire. Supplies dwindle while rain continues, raising risks of illness from dysentery to COVID. Portable toilets overflow, contaminating the fetid fray.
Doctors warn that worsening conditions may spark “desperation” if the downpour denies exit. But roads remain impassible. Stranded without services like cell phones, how long before the mudslide traps become unsafe?
Those who escape endure an arduous slog, wading waist-deep in sludge. Comedian Chris Rock and DJ Diplo march 6 kilometers of muck to hitch a precarious rescue ride. As at Fyre Festival, did Mother Nature doom another hype event to hilarious hipster hell?
With Exodus impossible, the quagmire quarantines thousands overnight. But Monday’s pack-out seems improbable if skies stay stormy. Stuck fast in a fecal petri dish with fluid facilities, how many more will face the misfortune of this ill-fated fiasco?