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WorldVenezuela turns the lights back on as power is restored, but access to uncontaminated water is critical

20:06  14 march  2019
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Power outage reported throughout much of Venezuela

Power outage reported throughout much of Venezuela An electrical outage has left much of Venezuela without power in what authorities are decrying as an act of "sabotage." Local media reported Thursday that nearly the entire nation is experiencing a blackout just as workers begin their commute home. State-owned electricity operator CORPOELEC blamed the outage as part of a "power war" against the nation on Twitter. The agency says the blackout stems from an attack on the Guri power plant and that officials are working to restore service. Pro-government officials often blame outages involving Venezuela's mismanaged and poorly maintained power grid on the opposition.

A sudden power outage that Georgia Power said was caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill on Moment lights came back on at world's busiest airport – video. Airport workers were distributing bottled water , and Dunkin’ Donuts was giving out doughnuts.

Venezuela 's political crisis appears to be reaching boiling point amid growing efforts by the opposition to unseat the socialist president, Nicolás Maduro. The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fuelled by skyrocketing

Venezuela turns the lights back on as power is restored, but access to uncontaminated water is critical© Day seven of major power outages across Venezuela that, coupled with a water shortage and medical supply emergency, has citizens taking desperate measures; Gillian Turner reports.

Power has returned to Venezuela after a week after the country was plunged into darkness, but access to uncontaminated water remains critical.

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodrigues said at a press conference on Wednesday that power was 100 percent restored, adding: "President Nicolas Maduro has decided to resume work activities throughout the country" on Thursday.

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

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In most cases, the water company can turn the water back on for you. You should be able to turn the valve with your hands, but if that is difficult, you can use a wrench to help you. In most cases, the electrical power for the well pump will be shut off at the same time as the water itself.

PONCE, P.R. — Jazmín Méndez has lived much of the last year in the dark. No light to read by. No food cooled in the fridge. No television for her three children. Work crews have repaired storm-damaged Puerto Rico’s electricity grid in fits and starts over the last 11 months

"School activities remain suspended for another 24 hours."

Water, however, remains a problem.

The blackout worsened the quality of drinkable water in the country, with many residents reporting what appeared to be oil-contaminated black water coming out of their taps.

The power outage hampered the ability of utilities to pump water to homes.


Venezuelan reporter Heberlizeth González tweeted Wednesday: “The water shortage situation…is terrible. There are areas that have been without water for more than two months. This morning water started coming out like this – not at all suitable for consumption.”

She posted a video of black water running from a tap.

U.S. says to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

U.S. says to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela U.S. says to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, the U.S. State Department announced late on Thursday. "Like the January 24 decision to withdraw all dependents and reduce embassy staff to a minimum, this decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy," the State Department said. It did not say on what day the personnel would be withdrawn from the embassy in Caracas.

That was something of a relief, Mr. Ramos said, because mutual aid agreements cost millions of dollars that the power authority cannot spare. But on Saturday, Governor Rosselló committed to a more aggressive timetable, pledging to have 95 percent of power restored by December.

By late Tuesday, Florida Power & Light Co. had restored power to 2.3 million customers, which was 40 percent of those affected across the state; about 4.4 million customers in Florida The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about Sept.

Jose Perez told Sky News that people are so desperate for water, they are taking their chances, regardless of whether it might be contaminated.

"You don't know where this water is coming from, if it's treated or not treated, you take water home without knowing the consequences of it in the future," he said.

"The sad thing about everything we are living through in Venezuela is the sadness of everything happening in our nation, the sadness of what is happening with all of the youth at this time - it's not a life."


At the Wednesday press conference, the information minister suggested that Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido, had a role in the blackout.

Maduro's administration also placed blame for the blackout on the United States.

Opposition leaders say that blackout and other problems in the country are rooted in government corruption and incompetence.

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido began a tour of his country Saturday aimed at sparking a citizen's movement to pry President Nicolas Maduro from power. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); As Guaido, 35, kicked off his campaign in the northern city of Valencia, the pro-Maduro military staged the latest in a series of exercises.

In Miami Beach, FPL turned the lights back on for Jen Squilla nearly a week ago. But that ’s all she got.The lines powering her air conditioning and Does it assure that more people will regain access to critical services sooner or have their own power restored sooner after the next hurricane?

That means uninstalling equipment from one place, certifying that it works and installing it somewhere else, without taking power away from the first location to light up the second. The lights are mostly back on in Ponce. Culebra is running entirely on a generator the Army Corps installed at the local plant.

Former utilities officials and engineers told Reuters that they believe a technical problem with transmission lines linking the Guri hydroelectric plant in southeastern Venezuela to the national power grid likely caused the blackout.

Water shortages are hardly a new problem in Venezuela.

Venezuelans have struggled through water shortages under the Maduro administration for a whole host of reasons, including water network malfunctions, Reuters reported last year.

It is part of the economic crisis that has plagued the once-wealthy nation for the last six years.

“For many years this deterioration process was not noticeable,” Jose De Viana, former president of Hidrocapital, the state-run utility in charge of Caracas’ water supply, told Reuters last year. “But now the water transport systems are very damaged.”


Poor access to water, and the dirty water that runs out of the tap, have created health problems in recent years.

Those problems include skin and stomach conditions, and scabies and diarrhea were growing common.

Venezuelan food supplier reports looting during blackouts.
Venezuela's largest private food supplier says massive looting and vandalism occurred at four facilities in the city of Maracaibo during nationwide power outages, complicating efforts to distribute food and drinks to people in the area.Empresas Polar said Tuesday that a distribution center and a production plant for Pepsi-Cola Venezuela were hit during unrest after blackouts started a week ago. So were a pasta plant and a beer distributor. It reported the loss of large quantities of food, water and other drinks, vehicles, computers, office furniture and other items.

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