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  • A woman keeps her business running despite the blackout in San Cristobal, Venezuela, March 26, 2019.

    A woman keeps her business running despite the blackout in San Cristobal, Venezuela, March 26, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 March 2019

Electricity is gradually coming back in several regions of Venezuela after Monday’s attack to the Guri transmission plant.

The electrical service in Venezuela was gradually recovering Wednesday in several regions of Venezuela after Monday’s attack to the Guri’s transmission plant.

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Communication and Culture Minister Jorge Rodriguez reported Wednesday by telephone about the details of the latest events linked to two terrorist attacks, performed last Monday, to the electricity transformers at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, located in Guri, in the State of Bolivar.

"The intention of the terrorist criminals who physically attacked the electronic equipment- on which the generation and distribution of most of the country’s electricity is based- was to disable the Guri, Caruachi and Macagua hydroelectric plants, which are synchronized with each other, to generate chaos across the national territory," the Venezuelan minister denounced.

Rodriguez also explained that President Nicolas Maduro decided to implement a "recovery day" to reverse the Guri plant damage.

"As soon as the terrorist’s destruction was carried out, President Maduro initiated the National Electric Service recovery process," Rodriguez said and explained that the Venezuelan head of state ordered the design of an alternative electricity distribution procedure.

A third blackout occurred early Wednesday as a result of the system operational instability, damage which was initially prompted by the attack to the Guri transformers.

“Today, at 5 in the morning, a fault destabilized the system and caused a loss of electricity in a part of the national territory," Rodriguez informed, adding that "we are investigating the reasons for the failure, repairing equipment and distributing electricity.”

Other Venezuelan authorities also offered details of the work being carried out to normalize the electric service. Regarding this issue, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez stressed the dedication of those experts who are diligently working on the generation plant repair.

Meanwhile, Venezuelans were performing their daily activities in the most usual way possible, although their government decreed suspension of work and school activities across the national territory.

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