The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro decided on Thursday to resume work in the country after a massive power outage. This was reported on Wednesday by the Minister of communications and information Jorge Rodriguez.
“The President Nicolas Maduro has decided that employment in all sectors throughout the country will resume this Thursday. Classes in schools are canceled for another 24 hours”, he said during a speech that was broadcast on the TV channel Vanezolana de Television.
According to Rodriguez, the electricity supply “has been fully restored throughout the country, with the exception of some areas where there are still problems”. “In the next few hours they will be eliminated”, he added.
Recall, Caracas and most States of Venezuela were left without power supply in the evening of March 7. Electricity was virtually non-existent throughout the country, in 20 or 22 of the 23 States. According to residents of the capital, this is the longest in their memory power outage in the city.
According to the National electric company, the cause of the incident was the sabotage of the Simon Bolivar hydroelectric power plant in the state of Bolivar, the largest in the country. Maduro blamed the incident on “American imperialism”. The state Department denied the charges.
On March 8, the electricity situation began to improve in the evening, but was again exacerbated on March 9 by reports of an explosion at an electrical substation on the outskirts of Ciudad Bolívar, the capital of the South-Eastern state of Bolívar. Due to the lack of light, the Venezuelan government announced a long weekend — from 8 to 13 of March.