Extensive blackout in Venezuela, Government announced suspension of work and school in the country
Rodriguez said in a personal Twitter account on the same day that after evaluating the damaged power system, President Maduro made a decision to continue the suspension of work to facilitate the recovery of electricity.
Venezuela’s Minister of Information and Communications Jorge Rodriguez said on the 26th that the Guri hydropower station, which accounts for more than half of the country’s power generation, was deliberately destroyed by the opposition on the 25th, causing widespread blackouts, including the capital, Caracas. More than half of the country's regions are affected.
The government has previously said that the Guri hydropower station, which accounts for more than half of the country's power generation, was deliberately destroyed by the opposition on the 25th, resulting in a large-scale power outage. More than half of the country, including the capital city of Caracas, was affected. restore. As the power restoration work was blocked, the government had previously decided to suspend work on the 26th.
On the afternoon of the 25th, power outages occurred in various parts of Venezuela. The government successfully restored power supply in some areas within a few hours after the power outage. However, at around 21:50 on the same day, power outages occurred in most parts of the country.
The government accused the opposition of arson damage to the Guri hydropower station in an attempt to completely destroy the power generation and transmission systems, leading to the government's previous efforts to restore power supply.
Rodriguez said that the power outage on the evening of the 25th was due to the opposition’s arson damage to the Guri hydropower station in an attempt to completely destroy the power generation and transmission systems, which led to the government’s previous efforts to restore power supply.
He said that the current fire has been extinguished and the relevant departments are working hard to repair it and strive to restore power as soon as possible. The government has also taken measures to maintain social security and public safety.
Since March 7th, Venezuela has had a nationwide blackout that lasted for several days. This is the longest-running and most widespread power outage in the region in recent years. The government said that the cause of the power outage was that the Guri hydropower station was deliberately destroyed by the opposition.
At present, the State Power Corporation is making every effort to repair two large transformers that have been burnt down at the Guri Hydropower Station, and will resume stable power supply nationwide as soon as possible.
Power outages have a significant impact on telecommunications systems, etc., but the overall social order in the country is normal. Xinhua News Agency reporters saw in Caracas on the 26th that there were a significant increase in the number of vehicles waiting to be refueled at gas stations, and there were more people buying water and food in stores and supermarkets than usual.
Since the large-scale power outage that lasted for several days in the country at the beginning of this month, many people did not panic in the face of the blackout but could cope with it.
It is reported that many states in Venezuela have had insufficient power supply in recent days.
Caracas has no traffic lights.
In the capital, Caracas, on the 27th, the entire daytime power supply was intermittent, the subway was closed, most of the traffic lights were basically paralyzed, and communication equipment was also affected to a lesser extent. At about 6 o'clock in the evening, the city of Caracas once resumed power supply, but it only ended in an hour. As of press time, local power is still in an unstable state.
The city of Caracas has no lights in the evening.
In response to a new round of power outages in recent days, on the afternoon of March 26, six Venezuelans suspected of damaging hydropower facilities were arrested by prosecutors. At the same time, power outages for several days have also exacerbated the debate between the opposition and the government on the cause of power outages.
The opposition accused the government of under-investing in power facilities and, on this ground, called on the public to conduct anti-government demonstrations and other activities. The Venezuelan government has repeatedly stated that the reason for the power outage is that the opposition has colluded with foreign forces and deliberately attacked power facilities with the intention of undermining social stability.