Friday 23 August 2019

Lights flicker back on in Venezuela after massive power cut

The country also experienced a widespread loss of electrical supply for weeks in March.

People wait for public transportation during a blackout in Caracas (Ariana Cubillos/AP)
People wait for public transportation during a blackout in Caracas (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The lights are flickering back on across much of Venezuela following a massive blackout.

Energy minister Freddy Brito said Tuesday that power has been restored in the capital Caracas and at least five of the South American nation’s 23 states.

Partial power has returned to another four states.

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The lights went out across much of Venezuela (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

The power cut hit shortly after 4pm on Monday, halting the Caracas underground and snarling rush hour traffic.

Officials blamed an “electromagnetic attack” against the nation’s hydroelectric system, while government opponents say years of mismanagement and corruption leave the grid vulnerable to failure.

It follows a power cut in March that left millions of Venezuelans without water or phone communication for nearly a week.

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