Published On: Wed, Apr 10th, 2019

New blackout hits large parts of Venezuela – AFP, social media

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The electricity shortage hits a large section of the capital as well as significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela

Published 1:59 PM, April 10, 2019

Updated 1:59 PM, April 10, 2019

BLACKOUTS. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

BLACKOUTS. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

CARACAS, Venezuela – A new blackout across large parts of Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark on Tuesday, April 9, AFP and accounts published on social media said.

The electricity shortage – the biggest in a week – hit a large section of the capital as well as significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela, according to the same sources.

Power cuts have occurred sporadically since the massive blackout of March 7 left the country in the dark for five days, with electricity being rationed outside of Caracas.

Water supplies have also been interrupted, along with transport and communications, forcing many people to trim their work days to six hours.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro has blamed US-backed sabotage for the massive blackouts that have deprived millions of power, blaming “electromagnetic, cyber and physical” attacks against the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country’s energy.

The opposition blames a failure to maintain critical infrastructure. – Rappler.com

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