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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Major blackout, almost half of Venezuela

Carabobo, Zulia, Lara, Miranda, Yaracuy, Falcón, Mérida, Táchira, Portuguesa, Aragua, Barinas states and capital Caracas without power supply. The blackout occurred around 4:00pm and last for several hours, causing real chaos at some points of the big cities, specially in Caracas.

Caracas subway system totally shutdown until tomorrow. An damage on Guri Dam in Bolivar state was reported the problem. Minister of Interior and Justice gave a press meeting informing about the problem and the actions taken by them in order to re-establish the power supply.

The National Assembly also was affected by the blackout, while deputies were discussing the expropriation of SIDOR steel company.

This blackout just coincide with some protests in Bolivar state for continuous problems with the power supply and the companies who offer the service (btw, all of them under Chavez control).

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