Photo: Venezuela Blackout
Venezuela and its 28 million people were paralyzed by a massive blackout that affected 70 percent of the country including the capital city of Caracas. 14 out of the countries 23 states were affected in some way.
The blackout that left the country without electricity disrupted travel, traffic and everyday activities.
President Nicolas Maduro blamed “extreme right wing” saboteurs without providing any proof. Explaining on national TV that this was part of “la revolucion” started by his predecessor Hugo Chavez, once again not providing any context to his statement. The National Guard was sent to protect the country’s border with Colombia. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in this border region and there is always a risk of an attempted coup Maduro has opined.
Most Venezuelans are use to blackouts, they are a common occurrence but are not often seen in the capital city. Historically the blackouts are the result of an old power grid system that has not been maintained or updated.
The blackouts started late Tuesday and lasted in some places for over five hours. People were stuck in subways without being able to get out since the doors were locked others were in day long traffic jams as street lights stopped working.
Power was restored in Caracas by Tuesday’s nightfall. This morning the country is still trying to get back to normal after the massive blackout.