At least seven Venezuelan states remained without electric service today at around 6:00 pm local time (22:00 GMT), according to Efe residents of these regions located in the center and west of the oil country.
So far no government source or authority has reported on this fact that affects six western states (Portuguesa, Barinas, Trujillo, Falcon, Zulia and Tachira, the last two border with Colombia) and central Carabobo, near Caracas.
In these territories about 10 million people live, a third of the Venezuelan population.
Several local media claim that the blackouts have also been registered in five other states and in some areas of Caracas, an information that is supported by dozens of messages circulating on social networks.
Power cuts are frequent in the country and are more pronounced in the western regions, especially in the rich state of Zulia, where after a sabotage to a transmission line at the beginning of August, the Venezuelan government said at the time. It keeps the energy rationed.
The Government usually attribute most of these problems in electricity to alleged "sabotage", but the opposition and experts denounce that it is due to lack of maintenance.