Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” towards the nation, as Caracas and different cities have been plunged into darkness Thursday night time. The authorities says the incident is probably going sabotage.
Thousands of commuters in Caracas needed to stroll house as a power outage shut down the capital’s subway, leading to huge visitors jams.The lights additionally went out within the largest airport of Caracas.
People on social media described disruptions in a lot of the nation’s areas and it’s unclear how lengthy the blackout will final. The authorities needed to cancel faculty classes and droop the working day on Friday because of the emergency, Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter.
President Maduro for his half said the blackout was the results of an “electricity war” waged by “US imperialism.”
The outage was brought on by “deliberate sabotage” on the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which supplies a lot of the nation’s vitality, native media reported. The presumed saboteurs are possible linked to the US-backed opposition, Venezuela’s electrical vitality minister, Luis Motta Dominguez, claimed on nationwide TV.
The minister identified that US Senator Marco Rubio, who’s main a fierce marketing campaign to oust Maduro, tweeted concerning the outage simply minutes after the emergency occurred.