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  • A street scene in the city of Caracas, Venezuela, as power starts to return to the country.

    A street scene in the city of Caracas, Venezuela, as power starts to return to the country. | Photo: teleSUR

Published 10 March 2019

After suffering sabatage to its electrical grid leaving the country without power for three days, electricity in Venezuela is being gradually restored. 

After a three-day power outage in Venezuela, the country’s electrical systemas are starting to return, particularly in the capital of Caracas.

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A cyber attack perpetrated Thursday on the El Guri hydroelectric plant control system had left the Venezuelan population without electricity since that time.

Photos taken by teleSUR correspondents on the ground in the early morning of Sunday show that important buildings throughout the city are no longer in a blackout, and show electrical service is returning throughout the Venezuelan capital. 

Official data from the Electric Corporation of Venezuela says that power is slowly being reestablished across the country. The state of Miranda where Caracas is located has restored 20 percent of its normal electricity capacity, meanwhile 40 percent of the capital now has power. Anzoategui has 25 percent of its power as of 7:00 am local time while Guarico has 15 percent.

Barinas has gained 10 percent of its power, however, Aragua, Carabobo and Yaracuy in the north have yet to regain any electricity. 

Electrical energy comes back to El Recreo district of Caracas

According to the Venezuelan government, this nation-wide blackout was incited by foreign-backed factions trying to destabilize the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The president stressed that the attack "affected everyone equally without political distinction."

The automated control system of the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant, which is popularly known as El Guri, was attacked. Inside this high-tech power plant, three of five backup generators were electronically sabotaged, Jorge Rodriguez, vice president of communication, tourism and culture revealed Thursday in a statement.

On Friday, Rodriguez clarified that the circulating reports that 79 people died in hospitals because of the electrical failure were "false."

"They didn’t know we had a generator system set up to prevent from happening everything they are saying has happened,” Rodriguez said to the press. 

Further information to follow as electricity is restored throughout the country. 


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