Venezuela power cuts: Blackouts continue as protests loom



A widespread power cut affecting much of Venezuela has continued throughout Friday ahead of planned protests on Saturday.
President Nicolás Maduro and the US-backed opposition trying to oust him have blamed each other for the outage.
Hospitals struggled to cope and at least one hospital patient died when her respirator stopped working.
The power cuts, which started on Thursday, have been caused by problems at a major hydroelectric plant.
Venezuela depends on its vast hydroelectric infrastructure, rather than its oil reserves, for its domestic electricity supply. But decades of... read more

 
9 March 2019 in World News, Views: 64
Source: BBC
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