Government says Venezuelan captial hit by 80 per cent power cut
A power failure cut electricity to 80 percent of the Venezuelan capital Caracas today, provoking transport and communications chaos, authorities said.
The Maiquetia airport serving Caracas was also impacted.
"We were stuck in immigration for around 40 minutes. There was no telephone signal or internet," Estefania Freire, who was waiting to take an international flight, told AFP.
Power cuts are a regular occurrence in crisis-hit Venezuela, in particular in the rural interior. In the western oil-rich region of Zulia, electricity is rationed with blackouts sometimes lasting up to 12 hours.
Anti-Maduro protests have been widespread and the government's violent crackdown has prompted international condemnation. Last year, around 125 people were killed in clashes with security forces.
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