March 5, 2021

A new power outage affects several regions of Venezuela

A new power outage affected several regions of Venezuela on Wednesday, including the states of Táchira and Zulia (west), which border Colombia and where the crisis in the South American country is expressed more crudely.

Netblocks, a non-governmental organization dedicated to cybersecurity issues, reported that “an important blackout left nine states in the Internet without connection to the Internet.”

According to the NGO, the electrical failure is “severe” or “high” in the states of Zulia, Táchira, Mérida and Barinas, all of western Venezuela.

While in the states of Trujillo, Falcón, Portuguesa, Lara and Yaracuy the incidence of the cut is “average”.

In social networks, Venezuelans denounced the cuts while urging government officials to solve them.

The state-owned National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec) recognized on Twitter only the fault in the state of Zulia, where power outages are frequent and usually last for hours.

In March of last year, Venezuela suffered several power outages that left almost all of the country in the dark for days.

Then, the Government of Nicolás Maduro blamed the failures on an alleged “sabotage” of the main hydroelectric facility in the country, known as Guri, which supplies energy to about 70% of Venezuela.

At the end of 2019, the director of the Venezuelan firm Consultores 21, Saúl Cabrera, said that about 90% of Venezuelans declare “suffering problems” with electricity and drinking water, two of the public services that have suffered deterioration in the last year.

The lack of electricity in Venezuela directly harms communications, water, transportation and commercial transactions.

According to the Venezuelan government, electrical failures occur due to alleged electromagnetic attacks or sabotage, but the opposition and experts attribute the situation to the lack of maintenance and investment in power plants and power plants.


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