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Power flickers across Venezuela after worst blackout since March

Updated : 2019-07-24 12:05:51

Caracas residents woke up on Tuesday with the lights back on after the worst blackout since March knocked out power in half of Venezuela a day earlier, although service remained down in other states and some key oil infrastructure went offline. State power company Corpoelec, in a statement on Tuesday, said nine states were in the process of recovering service and power had fully returned to the capital Caracas. Tuesday's blackout left over half of the OPEC nation's 23 states in the dark. Reuters witnesses said power remained out in the northwestern oil state of Zulia, along with Tachira state on Colombia's border and the central states of Carabobo and Aragua, depriving residents of running water and phone service. In some areas, the shortage of cooking gas meant the only way to prepare meals was to burn firewood. President Nicolas Maduro's government told Venezuelans not to go to work or school on Tuesday to "help the process of reconnection." Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the outage on Monday was caused by an "electromagnetic attack." He offered no evidence in echoing similar allegations the government made during blackouts earlier this year. Opponents of the Maduro government, along with power experts, instead note that Venezuela's national power grid has fallen into serious disrepair after years of inadequate investment and maintenance. The blackouts have increased the suffering for many Venezuelans already dealing with widespread shortages of food and medicine and the world's highest inflation rate. Even without the blackouts, some Venezuelans' homes only receive water a few days a week, or less. More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled abroad to escape the economic crisis.

People use the light of a motorcycle to illuminate them as they talk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People use the light of a motorcycle to illuminate them as they talk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
The lights of a car illumine people on the side of the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
The lights of a car illumine people on the side of the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A general view is seen during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A general view is seen during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A woman uses her cell phone in front of a truck with an electricity generator provided by the municipality during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A woman uses her cell phone in front of a truck with an electricity generator provided by the municipality during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People use a truck provided by the municipality with an electricity generator to charge their cell phones during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People use a truck provided by the municipality with an electricity generator to charge their cell phones during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A woman uses her cell phone while charging it at a truck with an electricity generator provided by the municipality during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A woman uses her cell phone while charging it at a truck with an electricity generator provided by the municipality during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People walk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People walk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People wait for the power to return at a public square during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People wait for the power to return at a public square during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A woman uses her cellphone at a public square during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A woman uses her cellphone at a public square during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People walk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People walk on the street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People ride in a bus during a blackout in Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
People ride in a bus during a blackout in Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
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