Sunday, October 24, 2021

Caracas returning to normal, blackouts continue elsewhere in Venezuela

Caracas, Mar 29 (EFE).- Caracas started this Friday with its electric service back to normal and people back at work, though schools remain closed following the blackout that affected almost all of Venezuela while power outages continue in other parts of the South American country.

In the Venezuelan capital, stores were open again after the workday suspension ordered by the Nicolas Maduro government when a blackout plunged almost the entire oil-producing nation in darkness for three days.

Educational institutes, however, remain closed for students of all ages.

Electronic means of payment are again available, as is the possibility of filling up the tank with gasoline at Caracas service stations.

Un grupo de personas ingresa al sistema de Metro hoy, viernes en Caracas. La capital venezolana amaneció este viernes con fluido eléctrico y actividad laboral normal, aunque aún los colegios están cerrados, luego del apagón que afectó a la práctica totalidad del país el pasado lunes, aunque los cortes eléctricos continúan afectando a varias regiones del país suramericano. EFE

The subway, the most important means of public transport, has its three lines operating again, as is the railroad that connects part of the north-central state of Miranda with Caracas.

The shock of the blackouts seemed to persist, however, since these transport systems, which normally carry millions of passengers every day, were boarded by few people up to 9:00 am and activity in the streets was slow.

Meanwhile, power cuts continue in western states like Tachira and Zulia, and the north-central states of Aragua and Carabobo, without any government report on the situation up to now.

In Aragua and Carabobo there were cuts in the electricity service on Friday for several hours before dawn, while repeated power cuts have continued in Tachira and Zulia for up to 12 hours in some sectors since last March 7, when the country suffered the first of this month’s blackouts.

Venezuela suffered a power outage Monday that left much of the country in the dark, the second on such a large scale in less than 30 days.

According to the Maduro government, the blackout was the reult of sabotage of the Guri hydroelectric plant, the most important in the country, and a subsequent fire of generators in that facility.

The president said Wednesday night that the fire was caused by gunshots hitting one of the generators, adding that a program of electricity rationing would be launched, but about which no further details have been announced.