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Venezuela blackout: Power cuts plunge country into darkness

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23rd July, 2019 03:20:57 printer

Venezuela blackout: Power cuts plunge country into darkness

Venezuela has been hit by another massive power cut, with the capital Caracas among the areas affected.

It is believed at least 18 of the country's 23 states have lost power.

Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez claimed the power cut was caused by an "electromagnetic attack" and officials were working to restore power.

In March Venezuela was hit by a series of power cuts, including one that affected all 23 states and lasted a week, leading to shortages and riots.

Another outage in April plunged large swathes of the country into darkness; however, that lasted hours rather than days.

Sporadic blackouts are common in Venezuela, where the economy has collapsed amid a political crisis.

President Nicolás Maduro and other state officials have in the past blamed "terrorism" and opposition sabotage, often alleging US involvement.

The opposition, meanwhile, has said the power cuts are the result of years of corruption and underinvestment.


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