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Massive electrical blackout impacts large portion of Venezuela (PHOTOS)

Published time: June 27, 2014 21:54
Edited time: June 29, 2014 17:05
A hairdressing salon in the dark during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

A hairdressing salon in the dark during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

Venezuelan authorities were scrambling to gather information on a massive blackout that impacted the capital of Caracas as well as large swaths of the country, highlighting what has been a persistent problem for the South American country.

Speaking to the nation on Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s address on live television was interrupted several times by a rolling blackout, which impacted both the capital as well as the second city of Maracaibo and the industrial center of Valencia, reported Reuters.

"It seems like there are some problems, we are going to investigate the problems we are having with electrical service in some parts of the country," Maduro in a live speech.

A cashier at a minimarket uses his cell phone as a flashlight during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

According to Jesse Chacón, the government minister overseeing electrical power, Venezuela’s grid suffered a failure at the La Arenosa substation, which then cascaded through to at least seven of the country’s states, including Aragua, Monagas, Zulia, Portuguesa, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Trujillo, Amazonas, Mérida y Sucre.

Venezuela has suffered from recurring power blackouts in the last few years, attributed to insufficient state investment following the nationalization of the power grid in 2007. In April Maduro had ordered the militarization of electrical substations throughout Venezuela, suggesting that the power failures were brought on by saboteurs seeking to destabilize the country.

People shop at a minimarket during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

The key electrical substation that failed on Friday connects the interior and the western regions of the country to the Guri hydroelectric dam, which produces over 60% of the nation’s power.

In Caracas, throngs of Venezuelans were seen making their way through the streets after the city’s metro was brought down by the power outage. The blackout also impacted several rail lines.

Beyond substation failures, in 2010 Venezuela was facing an electrical power crisis due to a drought which impacted the Guri dam. The country then invested millions to reestablish service once weaknesses in the power grid unraveled.

A hairdressing salon in the dark during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

Residents use the stairs in a building during a power cut in Caracas, on June 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

Restaurant workers try to finish up orders in the kitchen during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. (Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Comments (14)

 

mrv 28.06.2014 07:54

Dirrn 27.06.2014 23:49....
[..... .since the late 1990's there best and brightest have been leaving en mass. ........]
For economic and political reason movement of capital and people happens everywhere. I know that many people, as always, as been able to economically prosper and advance in the Venezuelan political system, specially the poor. Other have gone overseas for a better future. I agree with many of the opinions in this forum that the Neocons/CIA/NGOs,Et Al (because of the oil) are working very hard to destabilize Venezuela.

 

Edgar Kaufmann 28.06.2014 07:24

This is "Unconventional warfare":
"There is another type of warfare —new in its intensity, ancient in its origin— war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins; war by ambush instead of by combat, by infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy instead of engaging him. It preys on unrest."
J. F.Kennedy 1967
source: TC No. 18-01, United States Army, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Oct. 2011, publicintelligence(d ot)net/u-s-army-spec ial-forces-unconvent ional-warfare-traini ng-manual-november-2 010/

 

Rasputin 28.06.2014 05:15

Chances are Venezuela is on the CIA dirty tricks radar screen. Of course it's about the oil. For the Exceptional global hegemon, money and the exercise of power are the only values. Moral considerations are gone with the winds of bygone epochs.

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