3 hour blackout affected trade and transport in Venezuela
Posted On 04 Sep 2013
The lack of energy in central west of Venezuela caused a commercial paralysis, traffic jam and suspension of public transportation in several cities.
Jesse Chacon, Minister of Electricity, said that at noon there was a ‘failure’ in the “backbone of the system which is the line 765”, which carries electricity to 60% of the country, causing the blackout .
In Caracas was reported a temporary closure of the subway system and traffic congestion on the main avenues.
President Nicolas Maduro blamed “the extreme right”. Through his Twitter account he said “they have resumed the Electric Strike plan against the country.” Maduro said the blackout did not affect the oil industry that operated normally.