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Relatives of inmates held at the General Command of the Carabobo Police react as they wait outside the prison, where a fire occurred in the cells area, according to local media, in Valencia, Venezuela March 28, 2018. Reuters photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins: "When we heard that riots and a fire had broken out in the cells of a detention centre in Valencia, we knew that it was a possible catastrophe as many prisons in the country are overcrowded. There were rumours of dozens of deaths and there was a desperate atmosphere as a crowd of several hundred people waited for news of their loved ones. Earlier in the day there had been clashes and the police had used teargas to disperse the families. Police officers were trying to update people, but no official statements had been made, and as people heard news of their relatives in the detention centre, a reaction would spread through the crowd. People were crying, fainting and shouting throughout the street. I was standing on the other side of the street when I heard a woman's scream pierce the air. I rushed through the crowd and saw this woman. She was overwhelmed by grief and people cleared a space around her and tried to comfort her. This was a really difficult moment to photograph because her pain was so intense, I don't think she even really noticed I was there. Authorities subsequently said that 68 people died in the fire, including two women who were visiting inmates. I spent the following day documenting the funerals of some of those who had died." REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.