Venezuela's Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez Tuesday revealed that according to preliminary inquiries, the probable cause of the massive blackout on Monday, which hit most parts of Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, was “an electromagnetic attack.”
Caracas and other parts of crisis-wracked Venezuela were hit by a massive power cut on Monday foreign journalists and internet users said. The lights went out in most of Caracas at 4.41pm (2041 GMT) while people in other parts of the country took to social media to report the power had gone out there too.
Brazil Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said that Venezuela had not complied with its contract to supply the northern state of Roraima with energy since March 7. Roraima is a neighbor of Venezuela and an international bridge has become an escape way for thousands of Venezuelans fleeing from the Nicola Maduro regime and the lack of food and medicines.
A judge in Andorra has charged 29 Venezuelans with corruption - among them two former deputy ministers. Prosecutors allege that they were part of a network of corrupt officials who received US$ 2.3bn in bribes from companies in return for lucrative contracts with Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA.
A blackout cut electricity in various parts of Venezuela on Friday and twice interrupted the live television broadcast of a speech by President Nicolas Maduro, who said authorities were seeking more information about the outage.
Venezuelan authorities announced on Tuesday the resumption of nationwide power rationing plans to cope with the imbalance between supply and demand in the National Electricity System (SEN).