Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout

11 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

CARACAS: A new blackout across large parts of crisis-hit Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark on Tuesday, reports AFP.

The electricity shortage—the biggest in a week—hit a large section of the capital, with social media posts from residents across the country suggesting significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela were also affected.

An hour after the lights went out, some areas of the capital regained power.

No reason for the blackout was immediately given by the government or the state electricity company Corpoelec.

The company set up to confront the crisis “is working to reestablish the service”, said state TV channel VTV.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido—whose claim to be interim president is supported by around 50 nations—had previously called for protests against public service failures to be held Wednesday.  

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.