UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Power cuts continued across Venezuela for a fourth consecutive day on Sunday in an unprecedented event, sparking fears among residents of the disruption to health, communications and transportation systems in the South American country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, facing a threat from opposition leader Juan Guido, blamed the United States for power cuts, saying it had carried out a “sabotage” of the hydroelectric dam at Gori, but experts said it was the result of a decline in investment over the years .
The power outage, which began on Thursday afternoon, added to frustration among Venezuelans already suffering from food and drug shortages.
Seventeen patients in hospitals across Venezuela died of lack of electricity and lack of generators in hospitals or inefficient generators, Doctors for Health, a non-governmental organization, said on Saturday.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the number of deaths, nor did the Ministry of Information respond to requests for comment.
Electricity resumed briefly in parts of Caracas and several other cities on Friday but was cut off again by about midday on Saturday.
It is the biggest power outage in Venezuela in decades. Electricity was cut off in Caracas and 17 other states for six hours in 2013. In 2018, government officials said, electricity was cut for 10 hours in eight states.
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