Venezuela lives its seventh day with power cuts Caracas

Venezuela lives its seventh day with power cuts Caracas

A new untimely light cut was recorded this Sunday in several regions of Venezuela on the seventh consecutive day of supply interruptions and after the Government denounced a fifth "sabotage" to the National Electric System, which since March 7 has presented numerous failures

Around 09.40, local time (13.40 GMT), the flow of energy was interrupted in the Venezuelan capital that, almost in its entirety, had regained service after the blackout occurred on Saturday night.

The Executive of Nicolás Maduro denounced last night that the latter fault was caused by a "synchronized double attack" against the electrical system that turned off the light of millions of homes on Friday and Saturday nights at the same time.

That blackouts left in the dark for several hours to 21 of the 23 states of Venezuela according to local media reports and have been extended for more than 48 consecutive hours in states such as Mérida, Zulia and Trujillo, witnesses told Efe.

On Monday, two blackouts completely left the country in darkness, starting a constant series of interruptions of greater or lesser duration that remains so far.

The official version of this oscillation of energy blames the Venezuelan opposition and the US Administration for "attacking" the National Electric System with electromagnetic, mechanical, long-range rifle and fire methods.

Maduro's government has also admitted a failure in the system although as a consequence of previous "terrorist attacks".

Since the electricity crisis began this month the country has been completely paralyzed, with suspension of work and school activities, for at least 10 days.

The fluctuation of energy has also affected the supply of drinking water, which is scarce throughout the oil country, while telephone or internet services have suffered the consequences of constant power interruptions.

The Venezuelan opposition, for its part, blames the government and the state-owned Corporación Eléctrica (Corpoelec) for the increase in these blackouts that began a decade ago and became frequent especially in regions far away from Caracas.


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