Caracas plunges into massive blackout

Caracas has faced a series of blackouts ast it struggles with a deep political and economic crisis, forcing people to stand outside their homes and businesses

Huge parts of sprawling metropolitan Caracas plunged into dark on Sunday for about 45 minutes, in the fourth such blackout in just over a month.

The loss of power hit nearby towns such as La Guaira. It is home to the international airport that serves metro Caracas and its six million people.

The state power company CORPOELEC did not give any explanation for the problem, which hit around midday local time or 1600 GMT.

On July 31, a three-hour blackout left 60 percent of Caracas in the dark, according to the power company.

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Many states have regular blackouts. And Zulia state has power rationing that amounts to a 12-hour daily blackout.

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